Definition of ambrosia in English:

ambrosia

noun

mass noun
  • 1Greek Mythology Roman Mythology
    The food of the gods.

    • ‘No mortal could ever taste ambrosia, as Greek myth said.’
    • ‘Athena strengthens Achilles by planting ambrosia and honey in his chest.’
    • ‘So they have a special drink called nectar, and they eat food which is ambrosia, which is immortal.’
    • ‘In the poem, Hector's body, attached to Achilles' chariot and dragged around Troy, cannot be mutilated because Aphrodite has anointed it with ambrosia.’
    • ‘Then my feet no longer rest on earth, but standing by Zeus himself I take my fill of ambrosia, the divine dish.’
    1. 1.1 Something very pleasing to taste or smell.
      ‘the tea was ambrosia after the slop I'd been suffering’
      • ‘Then he drank his lukewarm black coffee and ate the bittersweet chocolate, which went down like so much nectar and ambrosia: never a better breakfast hath man eaten, Bob felt.’
      • ‘Last year, at the festival, the food Ambi Swami served was sheer ambrosia.’
      • ‘The goo was warm; it smelled like ambrosia, and glinted like a prism caught in sunlight.’
      • ‘The result is like ambrosia, pleasing in colour, form, smell, and taste.’
      • ‘What was left was as a good a piece of beef as I have ever cooked or tasted - ambrosia for the meat-eating gods.’
      • ‘It's great to have a job where you serve people the ambrosia of the gods’
      • ‘The reason behind this is that I have my taste buds prepared to receive ambrosia later.’
      • ‘Sometimes when inspiration hits, you create something that just tastes like ambrosia.’
      • ‘The food was said to be superb and like ambrosia on earth.’
      • ‘Geneva had wanted a lavish one, filled with gifts and smiles, dance and music, and food that tasted of ambrosia.’
      • ‘Mixed with the praline and raspberries, it was nothing short of ambrosia.’
      • ‘Last night's dinner was nutritious ambrosia and I was reminded how easy it is to make something very simple and tasty.’
      • ‘I'll never forget my first sip of that citric ambrosia.’
      • ‘Is it possible that the gods ate ham, egg and chips and shortened the name to ambrosia?’
      • ‘It tasted wonderful to her, like ambrosia compared to the slop Vinch had been feeding her all of her life.’
  • 2A fungal product used as food by ambrosia beetles.

    • ‘This damage is associated with ambrosia fungi that cause wood rot and death of the tree.’
    • ‘The ambrosia fungus appears as the black lining of the gallery.’
    • ‘‘It is really the ambrosia fungus that kills the tree, not the beetle,’ said Ludwig, who has launched a two-fold emergency program to deal with the threat.’
    • ‘It is one of more than 300 species of wood-boring ambrosia beetles which distribute the spores of ambrosia fungi.’
  • 3

    another term for bee bread
    • ‘The peaches and strawberries are just for the taste but the ambrosia has amazing healing powers.’
    • ‘She starts with either nettles or bee pollen, moving from there, if necessary, to an ambrosia or eye-bright tincture.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek, ‘elixir of life’, from ambrotos ‘immortal’.

Pronunciation

ambrosia

/amˈbrəʊzɪə/