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Other Ambrosia Definition

[n] (classical mythology) the food and drink of the gods; mortals who ate it became immortal
[n] fruit dessert made of oranges and bananas with shredded coconut
[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
[n] a mixture of nectar and pollen prepared by worker bees and fed to larvae

Misc. Definitions

\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.
\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 burrows.

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