Definition of ambrosia
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ambrosia, ambrosiae
ambrosia
ἀμβροσία
noun (f., 1st declension)
  1. ambrosia, the food of the gods
  2. food for the steeds of the gods
  3. The unguent of the gods
  4. The name of several plants
  5. Turkish mugwort
  6. An antidote to poison
Abbreviations
ambrosia, ae, f., = ἀμβροσία. Lit., ambrosia, the food of the gods (as nectar was their drink): non enim ambrosiā deos aut nectare laetari arbitror, Cic. Tusc. 1, 26, 65; Ov. P. 1, 10, 11: Suaviolum dulci dulcius ambrosiā, Cat. 99, 2.

—Hence: orator ambrosiā alendus, prov. once in Cic., qs. a god among orators, of a distinguished orator (opp. faenum esse), Cic. de Or. 2, 57.

— Also food for the steeds of the gods: equos ambrosiae suco saturos, Ov. M. 2, 120; 4, 215 (acc. to Hom. Il. 5, 368 and 369).

— Transf. The unguent of the gods (so, ἀμβροσία, Hom. Il. 14, 170; 16, 670): ambrosiā cum dulci nectare mixtā Contigit os, Ov. M. 14, 606: liquidum ambrosiae diffundit odorem, Verg. G. 4, 415; id. A. 12, 419.

— The name of several plants, esp. of the botrys or artemisia, Turkish mugwort: Choenopodium botrys, Linn.; Plin. 27, 4, 11, § 28.

—Another plant of this name, Plin. 27, 8, 31, § 55.

— An antidote to poison, Cels. 5, 23.
 
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