[syn: ambrosia, nectar]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
ambrosia \am*bro"sia\ ([a^]m*br[=o]"zh[.a]
or[a^]m*br[=o]"zh[i^]*[.a]; 277), n. [L. ambrosia, Gr.
'ambrosi`a, properly fem. of 'ambro`sios, fr. 'a`mbrotos
immortal, divine; 'a priv. + broto`s mortal (because it was
supposed to confer immortality on those who partook of it).
broto`s stands for mroto`s, akin to Skr. m[.r]ita, L.
mortuus, dead, and to E. mortal.]
(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.
4. (Zool.) The food of certain small bark beetles, family
Scolytidae believed to be fungi cultivated by the
beetles in their burrows.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
5. A dessert made from shredded coconuts and oranges,
sometimes including other ingredients such as marshmallow.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a mixture of nectar and pollen prepared by worker bees and
fed to larvae [syn: beebread, ambrosia]
2: any of numerous chiefly North American weedy plants
constituting the genus Ambrosia that produce highly
allergenic pollen responsible for much hay fever and asthma
[syn: ragweed, ambrosia, bitterweed]
3: fruit dessert made of oranges and bananas with shredded
4: (classical mythology) the food and drink of the gods; mortals
who ate it became immortal [syn: ambrosia, nectar]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
89 Moby Thesaurus words for "ambrosia":
Caesar salad, Jell-O salad, Waldorf salad, ambergris, aromatic,
aromatic gum, aromatic water, artificial sweetener, aspic, attar,
attar of roses, balm, balm of Gilead, balsam, bay oil,
bergamot oil, blackstrap, bonne bouche, calcium cyclamate,
cane syrup, cate, champaca oil, chef salad, choice morsel, civet,
clover honey, cole slaw, comb honey, combination salad, corn syrup,
crab Louis, cyclamates, dainty, delicacy, dessert, edulcoration,
essence, essential oil, extract, fixative, fruit salad, goody,
green salad, heliotrope, herring salad, honey, honeycomb, honeydew,
honeypot, jasmine oil, kickshaw, lavender oil, macaroni salad,
manna, maple syrup, molasses, morsel, musk, myrcia oil, myrrh,
nectar, parfum, perfume, perfumery, potato salad, rose oil,
saccharification, saccharin, salad, salade, salmagundi, savory,
scent, slaw, sodium cyclamate, sorghum, sugar, sugar-making,
sugaring off, sweetener, sweetening, sweets, syrup, tidbit, titbit,
tossed salad, treacle, treat, volatile oil