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am·bro·sia / amˈbrōzh(ē)ə/ • n. Greek & Roman Mythol. the food of the gods. ∎  something very pleasing to taste or smell: the tea was ambrosia after the slop I'd been drinking. ∎  a dessert made with oranges and shredded coconut. DERIVATIVES: am·bro·sial adj. ORIGIN: mid 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek, ‘elixir of life,’ from ambrotos ‘immortal.’

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ambrosia (ămbrō´zhə), in Greek mythology, food and drink with which the Olympian gods preserved their immortality. Extraordinarily fragrant, ambrosia was probably conceived of as a purified and idealized form of honey. It was accompanied by nectar, wine of the gods.

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ambrosia in Greek and Roman mythology, the food of the gods, associated with their immortality. The word comes (in the mid 16th century) via Latin from Greek, ‘elixir of life’, from ambrotos ‘immortal’.

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ambrosia (Gr. myth.) fabled food of the gods. XVI. — L. ambrosia — Gr. ambrosíā immortality, elixir of life, f. ámbrotos immortal.
Hence ambrosial XVI.