One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounGreek Mythology Roman Mythology
1The food of the gods.
- ‘So they have a special drink called nectar, and they eat food which is ambrosia, which is immortal.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Athena strengthens Achilles by planting ambrosia and honey in his chest.’
- ‘In the poem, Hector's body, attached to Achilles' chariot and dragged around Troy, cannot be mutilated because Aphrodite has anointed it with ambrosia.’
- 1.1 Something very pleasing to taste or smell.‘the tea was ambrosia after the slop I'd been drinking’
- ‘The reason behind this is that I have my taste buds prepared to receive ambrosia later.’
- ‘It's great to have a job where you serve people the ambrosia of the gods’
- ‘The goo was warm; it smelled like ambrosia, and glinted like a prism caught in sunlight.’
- ‘Last year, at the festival, the food Ambi Swami served was sheer ambrosia.’
- ‘Sometimes when inspiration hits, you create something that just tastes like ambrosia.’
- ‘Mixed with the praline and raspberries, it was nothing short of ambrosia.’
- ‘The result is like ambrosia, pleasing in colour, form, smell, and taste.’
- ‘The food was said to be superb and like ambrosia on earth.’
- ‘Last night's dinner was nutritious ambrosia and I was reminded how easy it is to make something very simple and tasty.’
- ‘Is it possible that the gods ate ham, egg and chips and shortened the name to ambrosia?’
- ‘Geneva had wanted a lavish one, filled with gifts and smiles, dance and music, and food that tasted of ambrosia.’
- ‘I'll never forget my first sip of that citric ambrosia.’
- ‘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 tasted wonderful to her, like ambrosia compared to the slop Vinch had been feeding her all of her life.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.2 A fungal product used as food by ambrosia beetles.
- ‘It is one of more than 300 species of wood-boring ambrosia beetles which distribute the spores of ambrosia fungi.’
- ‘This damage is associated with ambrosia fungi that cause wood rot and death of the tree.’
- ‘‘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.’
- ‘The ambrosia fungus appears as the black lining of the gallery.’
- 1.3another 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.’
- 1.4 A dessert made with oranges and shredded coconut.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek, ‘elixir of life’, from ambrotos ‘immortal’.
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