Definition of ambrosia in English:

ambrosia

noun

Greek 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. 1.1 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.’
    2. 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.’
    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. 1.4 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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

ambrosia

/amˈbrōZH(ē)ə//æmˈbroʊʒ(i)ə/