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Meaning of AMBROSIA

Pronunciation:  am'browzhu

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (classical mythology) the food and drink of the gods; mortals who ate it became immortal
  2. [n]  fruit dessert made of oranges and bananas with shredded coconut
  3. [n]  any of numerous chiefly North American weedy plants constituting the genus Ambrosia that produce highly allergenic pollen responsible for much hay fever and asthma
  4. [n]  a mixture of nectar and pollen prepared by worker bees and fed to larvae

AMBROSIA is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: beebread, bitterweed, nectar, ragweed
 See Also: Ambrosia artemisiifolia, Ambrosia psilostachya, Ambrosia trifida, common ragweed, composition, dainty, delicacy, dessert, genus Ambrosia, goody, great ragweed, kickshaw, perennial ragweed, treat, weed, western ragweed



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Am*bro"sia\ (?; 277), n. [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.]
    1. (Myth.)
       (a) The fabled food of the gods (as nectar was their
           drink), which conferred immortality upon those who
           partook of it.
       (b) An unguent of the gods.
                 His dewy locks distilled ambrosia. --Milton.
    2. A perfumed unguent, salve, or draught; something very
       pleasing to the taste or smell. --Spenser.
    3. Formerly, a kind of fragrant plant; now (Bot.), a genus of
       plants, including some coarse and worthless weeds, called
       ragweed, hogweed, etc.
  2. \Am*bro"sia\, n. (Zo["o]l.)
    The food of certain small bark beetles, family {Scolytid[ae]}
    believed to be fungi cultivated by the beetles in their
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