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1. In the Bible, the food miraculously provided for the Israelites in the wilderness during their flight from Egypt.
2. Spiritual nourishment of divine origin.
3. Something of value that a person receives unexpectedly: viewed the bonus as manna from heaven.
4. A dried exudate of certain plants, especially the Eurasian ash tree Fraxinus ornus, formerly used as a laxative.
5. A sweet granular substance excreted on the leaves of plants by certain insects, especially scale insects and aphids, sometimes harvested for food.
[Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Greek, from Aramaic mannā, from Hebrew mān; see mnn in Semitic roots.]
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1. (Bible) Old Testament the miraculous food which sustained the Israelites in the wilderness (Exodus 16:14–36)
2. any spiritual or divine nourishment
3. a windfall; an unexpected gift (esp in the phrase manna from heaven)
4. (Pharmacology) a sweet substance obtained from various plants, esp from an ash tree, Fraxinus ornus (manna or flowering ash) of S Europe, used as a mild laxative
[Old English via Late Latin from Greek, from Hebrew mān]
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n., pl. -nas for 5.
1. the food miraculously supplied to the Israelites in the wilderness. Ex. 16:14–36.
2. spiritual sustenance of divine origin.
3. a sudden or unexpected source of help or gratification.
4. any of several crusty edible lichens of the genus Lecanora, common in Arabian and African deserts.
5. the exudation of the ash Fraxinus ornus and related plants: a source of mannitol.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English < Late Latin < Greek mánna < Hebrew mān]
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Food that God gave the Israelites during their time in the wilderness after the food they had brought with them ran out. Manna appeared in the morning on the ground. It was small like hoar frost.
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|Noun||1.||manna - hardened sugary exudation of various trees|
sap - a watery solution of sugars, salts, and minerals that circulates through the vascular system of a plant
|2.||manna - (Old Testament) food that God gave the Israelites during the Exodus|
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
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n → Manna nt
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manna[ˈmænə] n → manna
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