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.)


The fabled food of the gods (as nectar was their drink), which conferred immortality upon those who partook of it.


An unguent of the gods.

His dewy locks distilled ambrosia.


A perfumed unguent, salve, or draught; something very pleasing to the taste or smell. Spenser.


Formerly, a kind of fragrant plant; now (Bot.), a genus of plants, including some coarse and worthless weeds, called ragweed, hogweed, etc.


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Am*bro"sia (?), n. (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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