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ambrosia


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ambrosia  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ambrosia  \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 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ambrosia 
  n  1:  a  mixture  of  nectar  and  pollen  prepared  by  worker  bees  and 
  fed  to  larvae  [syn:  {beebread}] 
  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},  {bitterweed}] 
  3:  fruit  dessert  made  of  oranges  and  bananas  with  shredded 
  coconut 
  4:  (classical  mythology)  the  food  and  drink  of  the  gods; 
  mortals  who  ate  it  became  immortal  [syn:  {nectar}] 




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