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Dec 7, 2006
This week's theme
Desserts used metaphorically

This week's words
flummery
cakewalk
chocolate-box
ambrosia
cookie-cutter

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ambrosia

(am-BROE-zhuh) Pronunciation Sound Clip

noun:
1. In classical mythology, the food of the gods.
2. Something very pleasing to taste or smell.
3. A dessert made of oranges and shredded coconut.

[From Latin, from Greek ambrotos, from a- (not) + mbrotos (mortal). Ultimately from the Indo-European root mer- (to rub away or to harm) that is also the source of morse, mordant, amaranth, morbid, mortal, mortgage, and nightmare.]

"Along with the celebrity eats, the volunteers have also collected some good stories about the ambrosia that fuels the gods of rock."
Katie Menzer; More Than a Feeding; The Dallas Morning News (Texas); Nov 24, 2006.

See more usage examples of ambrosia in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong. -Richard Feynman, physicist, Nobel laureate (1918-1988)

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