Definitions for mannaˈmæn ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

man•na*ˈmæn ə(n.)(pl.)-nas

  1. the food miraculously supplied to the Israelites in the wilderness. Ex. 16:14–36.

    Category: Bible

  2. spiritual sustenance of divine origin.

  3. a sudden or unexpected source of help or gratification.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. any of several crusty edible lichens of the genus Lecanora, common in Arabian and African deserts.

    Category: Fungi

  5. the exudation of the ash Fraxinus ornus and related plants: a source of mannitol.

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Origin of manna:

bef. 900; ME, OE < LL < Gk mánna < Heb mān

Princeton's WordNet

  1. manna(noun)

    hardened sugary exudation of various trees

  2. miraculous food, manna, manna from heaven(noun)

    (Old Testament) food that God gave the Israelites during the Exodus


  1. manna(Noun)

    Food miraculously produced for the Israelites in the desert in the book of Exodus.

  2. manna(Noun)

    By extension, any good thing which comes into one's hands by luck or good fortune.

  3. manna(Noun)

    The sugary sap of the manna gum tree which oozes out from holes drilled by insects and falls to the ground around the tree.

    1966: The icing on the cake was made from manna, which was gathered under the manna gums. Manna mixed with milk made a splendid icing. uE000202085uE001 Bill Beatty, Tales of Old Australia, National Distributors, ISBN 1-86436-013-5, page 14, discussing old Australian foods

Webster Dictionary

  1. Manna(noun)

    the food supplied to the Israelites in their journey through the wilderness of Arabia; hence, divinely supplied food

  2. Manna(noun)

    a name given to lichens of the genus Lecanora, sometimes blown into heaps in the deserts of Arabia and Africa, and gathered and used as food

  3. Manna(noun)

    a sweetish exudation in the form of pale yellow friable flakes, coming from several trees and shrubs and used in medicine as a gentle laxative, as the secretion of Fraxinus Ornus, and F. rotundifolia, the manna ashes of Southern Europe


  1. Manna

    Manna or al-Mann wa al-Salwa, sometimes or archaically spelled mana, is an edible substance that, according to Abrahamic doctrine, God provided for the Israelites during their travels in the desert according to the Bible and the Qur'an.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Manna

    the food with which the Israelites were miraculously fed in the wilderness, a term which means "What is this?" being the expression of surprise of the Israelites on first seeing it.

Translations for manna

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


hard particles of wheat used eg in milk pudding.

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