A.immortality, rarein general sense, “σώματος ἀ.” Epigr.Gr.338 (Cyzicus); usu. elixir of life, as used by gods for food, Od.5.93, etc.; as perfume, 4.445; as unguent, Il.14.170, cf. 16.680; as pasture for horses, 5.777; coupled with νέκταρ (q. v.), the two distinguished as food and drink, Od.5.93 (later reversed, ἀ. being drunk, Sapph.51, Ar.Eq.1095, Anaxandr.57), cf. Pi.O.1.62, P.9.63, Arist.Metaph.1000a12, A. R.4.871, Theoc.15.108; “βολβοφακῆ δ᾽ἴσον ἀμβροσίῃ Ψύχους κρυοέντος” Chrysipp.Stoic.3.178; allegorically expl. as vapour, Democr.25.
2. in religious rites, mixture of water, oil, and various fruits, Anticl.13.
3. Medic., name for antidote, Zopyr. ap. Cels.5.23, Gal.14.149; also of an external emollient, Aeumc;t.14.2.
4. ambrose, Ambrosia maritima, Dsc.3.114.
b. Corinthian, = κρίνον, Nic.Fr.126.
d. vine whose grapes were eaten, Plin.HN14.40.