Definition of ambrosia in English:

ambrosia

noun

Greek Roman Mythology
  • 1The food of the gods.

    • ‘In the poem, Hector's body, attached to Achilles' chariot and dragged around Troy, cannot be mutilated because Aphrodite has anointed it with ambrosia.’
    • ‘Athena strengthens Achilles by planting ambrosia and honey in his chest.’
    • ‘Then my feet no longer rest on earth, but standing by Zeus himself I take my fill of ambrosia, the divine dish.’
    • ‘No mortal could ever taste ambrosia, as Greek myth said.’
    • ‘So they have a special drink called nectar, and they eat food which is ambrosia, which is immortal.’
    1. 1.1Something very pleasing to taste or smell.
      ‘the tea was ambrosia after the slop I'd been drinking’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Geneva had wanted a lavish one, filled with gifts and smiles, dance and music, and food that tasted of ambrosia.’
      • ‘The goo was warm; it smelled like ambrosia, and glinted like a prism caught in sunlight.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The result is like ambrosia, pleasing in colour, form, smell, and taste.’
      • ‘Mixed with the praline and raspberries, it was nothing short of ambrosia.’
      • ‘The food was said to be superb and like ambrosia on earth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's great to have a job where you serve people the ambrosia of the gods’
      • ‘What was left was as a good a piece of beef as I have ever cooked or tasted - ambrosia for the meat-eating gods.’
      • ‘Last year, at the festival, the food Ambi Swami served was sheer ambrosia.’
    2. 1.2A fungal product used as food by ambrosia beetles.
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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 one of more than 300 species of wood-boring ambrosia beetles which distribute the spores of ambrosia fungi.’
    3. 1.3
      another term for bee bread
      • ‘She starts with either nettles or bee pollen, moving from there, if necessary, to an ambrosia or eye-bright tincture.’
      • ‘The peaches and strawberries are just for the taste but the ambrosia has amazing healing powers.’
    4. 1.4A dessert made with oranges and shredded coconut.
      • ‘Eloise had brought, of all things, ambrosia; Rowena had lost her taste for this dish years ago but Leslie Campbell loaded up his plate - and made sure Eloise saw him do it.’
      • ‘Get out the bundt cakes and the ambrosia and drop by to say welcome to his new home.’
      • ‘It's one of those dishes that's just crying out for some mandarin chicken salad and a scoop of ambrosia.’
      • ‘We frequently had Ambrosia for dessert at lunch time, at dinner time and sometimes at breakfast time with a dollop of raspberry or strawberry jam.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

ambrosia

/amˈbrōZH(ē)ə/