Definition of ambrosia in US English:

ambrosia

noun

Roman Mythology Greek 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.’
    • ‘No mortal could ever taste ambrosia, as Greek myth said.’
    • ‘Then my feet no longer rest on earth, but standing by Zeus himself I take my fill of ambrosia, the divine dish.’
    • ‘So they have a special drink called nectar, and they eat food which is ambrosia, which is immortal.’
    1. 1.1 Something very pleasing to taste or smell.
      ‘the tea was ambrosia after the slop I'd been drinking’
      • ‘The food was said to be superb and like ambrosia on earth.’
      • ‘Sometimes when inspiration hits, you create something that just tastes like ambrosia.’
      • ‘Last year, at the festival, the food Ambi Swami served was sheer ambrosia.’
      • ‘Last night's dinner was nutritious ambrosia and I was reminded how easy it is to make something very simple and tasty.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mixed with the praline and raspberries, it was nothing short of ambrosia.’
      • ‘It tasted wonderful to her, like ambrosia compared to the slop Vinch had been feeding her all of her life.’
      • ‘The reason behind this is that I have my taste buds prepared to receive ambrosia later.’
      • ‘What was left was as a good a piece of beef as I have ever cooked or tasted - ambrosia for the meat-eating gods.’
      • ‘Is it possible that the gods ate ham, egg and chips and shortened the name to ambrosia?’
      • ‘It's great to have a job where you serve people the ambrosia of the gods’
    2. 1.2 A fungal product used as food by ambrosia beetles.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This damage is associated with ambrosia fungi that cause wood rot and death of the tree.’
    3. 1.3
      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.’
    4. 1.4 A dessert made with oranges and shredded coconut.
      • ‘Get out the bundt cakes and the ambrosia and drop by to say welcome to his new home.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

ambrosia

/amˈbrōZH(ē)ə//æmˈbroʊʒ(i)ə/