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Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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ambrosia the food of the gods in classical mythology. The term may mean food in the narrow sense of eatables, in which case it is the counterpart of nectar, the drink of the gods; or it may mean food in the wider sense of sustenance, when it embraces drink also.

What the gods were actually supposed to eat is a matter of conjecture.
In the English language any especially delicious food may be called ambrosia; but this usage has become uncommon.