am·bro·sia (ăm-brōzhə, -zhē-ə)
1. Greek & Roman Mythology The food of the gods, thought to confer immortality.
2. Something with an especially delicious flavor or fragrance.
3. A dessert of mixed fruits, usually including oranges and pineapple, combined with flaked coconut and often marshmallows.
[Latin, from Greek ambrosiā, from ambrotos, immortal, immortalizing; see mer- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
am·brosial (ăm-brōzhəl, -zhē-əl) adj.
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