ambrosia

Definitions

  • Work of Ambrosia Beetles in Tulip or Yellow Poplar Wood
    Work of Ambrosia Beetles in Tulip or Yellow Poplar Wood
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ambrosia (classical mythology) the food and drink of the gods; mortals who ate it became immortal
    • n ambrosia fruit dessert made of oranges and bananas with shredded coconut
    • n ambrosia any of numerous chiefly North American weedy plants constituting the genus Ambrosia that produce highly allergenic pollen responsible for much hay fever and asthma
    • n ambrosia a mixture of nectar and pollen prepared by worker bees and fed to larvae
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The food of the Greek gods was called Ambrosia.
    • Ambrosia A dessert made from shredded coconuts and oranges, sometimes including other ingredients such as marshmallow.
    • Ambrosia A perfumed unguent, salve, or draught; something very pleasing to the taste or smell.
    • Ambrosia (Myth) An unguent of the gods.
    • Ambrosia Formerly, a kind of fragrant plant; now (Bot.), a genus of plants, including some coarse and worthless weeds, called ragweed hogweed, etc.
    • Ambrosia (Myth) The fabled food of the gods (as nectar was their drink), which conferred immortality upon those who partook of it.
    • Ambrosia (Zoöl) The food of certain small bark beetles, family Scolytidæ believed to be fungi cultivated by the beetles in their burrows.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ambrosia In Gr. legend, a celestial substance, capable of imparting immortality, commonly represented as the food of the gods, but sometimes as their drink, and also as a richly perfumed unguent; hence, in literature, anything comparable in character to either of these conceptions.
    • n ambrosia A genus of widely distributed coarse annual weeds, of the natural order Compositæ, chiefly American, and generally known as ragweed. A. artemisiæfolia is also called Roman wormwood or hogweed.
    • n ambrosia The food of certain wood-boring beetles, consisting of various hyphomycetous fungi found associated with the beetles in their galleries, and said by some authors to be propagated by them, each species of beetle using a particular species of fungus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ambrosia am-brō′zhi-a the fabled food of the gods, which gave immortal youth and beauty to those who ate it: the anointing oil of the gods: any finely-flavoured beverage: something delightfully sweet and pleasing
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ambrosia, Gr. , properly fem. of , fr. immortal, divine; 'a priv. + mortal (because it was supposed to confer immortality on those who partook of it). stands for , akin to Skr. mrita, L. mortuus, dead, and to E. mortal,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—Gr. ambrosios = ambrotos, immortal—a, neg., and brotos, mortal, for mrotos, Sans. mrita, dead—mri (L. mori), to die.

Usage

In literature:

These are called ambrosia-beetles, because of the dainty food they eat.
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
Go, therefore, instil into his breast nectar and delightful ambrosia, that hunger may come not upon him.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
Ambrosia, a flower, 450.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Mr. Emerson comes sometimes, and has been feasted on our nectar and ambrosia.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 105, July 1866" by Various
The only question is, what ambrosia smells like.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
To subdue the audience and blend mind with mind affords an intoxication beyond the ambrosia of Elysium.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
The growth of this ambrosia-like fungus is induced and controlled by the parent beetles, and the young are dependent upon it for food.
"Seasoning of Wood" by Joseph B. Wagner
A dose of senna would have been ambrosia compared to it.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
With your nourishing growth you surpass dittany, Ambrosia, and fragrant panacea.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
After their long diet of shrimps, it tasted like ambrosia to the two men.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
Ambrosia, nectar, food for the gods!
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
A drunkard is one who exchanges ambrosia and nectar for garbage.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
This will be found a dish rivalling the ambrosia of high Olympus.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
D'Ambrosia Zahooli comes in and says he has been to see Commander Bizmuth Aquinox.
"Operation Earthworm" by Joe Archibald
Can ambrosia beat this?
"The Comic Latin Grammar" by Percival Leigh
Ambrosia was nothing to bloater paste.
"The Flamp, The Ameliorator, and The Schoolboy's Apprentice" by E. V. Lucas
It is said that the milk and butter made from such hay is not at all suggestive of the traditional Ambrosia!
"A Year in the Fields" by John Burroughs
The only question is, what ambrosia smells like.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat
You faint with hunger, when I thought you nourished on the ambrosia of Zeus?
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
This is ambrosia for the gods rather than a tipple for an obscure cowpuncher!
"The Song of the Wolf" by Frank Mayer
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In poetry:

A shield to guard his aged breast
With its enchanted mesh
When he his nectar and ambrosia took
To strengthen and refresh.
"To Papa" by Louisa May Alcott
ANTOINETTA, said the second spouse,
Has neither ill nor scratch her fears to rouse.
Jane, cried the first, is ev'ry way complete;
No freckles on the skin: as balm she's sweet:
Antoinetta is, her spouse replied,
Ambrosia ev'ry way: no fault to hide.
"The Truckers" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

This is the same bloom period as ragweed ( Ambrosia spp.
In the use of herbicides and pesticides on genetically altered crops because of the evolution of insects and "superweeds" -- such as giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida) -- resistant to spraying.
Thursday (July 8), 10pm, Ambrosia, Kihei.
Moulin Rouge at Ambrosia.
Thank goodness Ambrosia is hosting a party celebrating the spirit of Moulin Rouge.
Greenhouse studies conducted by UNL weed scientists have confirmed glyphosate resistance in multiple giant ragweed ( Ambrosia trifida ) populations.
Singer Ambrosia Parsley shines darkly in this distinctively intimate set recorded live at KEXP.
AMBROSIA RESTAURANT & BAR 174 E Broadway 342-4141.
Ambrosia's long, impressive bar just asks to be stopped at for cocktails, wine or beer and snacks to start out the night.
It's Ambrosia Salad's doble quinceañera.
Sensual Saturdays at Ambrosia 11.24.12.
Ambrosia Salad decks the halls at I Love Cochina Tonga's.
Authorities called it a case of animal hoarding , but Tom Ambrosia said that's not how it was.
Ambrosia Aromatherapy's Aromatic Wellness Soak in Eucalyptus Basil.
This was truly a family affair out at Ambrosia Spring Park on Ft.
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In science:

I know that I am mortal and the creature of a day; but when I search out the massed wheeling circles of the stars, my feet no longer touch the Earth, but, side by side with Zeus himself, I take my fil l of ambrosia, the food of Gods: quotation of Ptolemy borrowed from15 , p. lvii.
Quasi periodic motions from Hipparchus to Kolmogorov
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