- a member of an ancient Gnostic sect still extant in southern Iraq
- the Eastern Aramaic dialect used in the writings of the Mandeans: it was spoken along the Euphrates from the 7th to the 9th cent.
Origin: from Mandean mandayyā, literally , having knowledge (used as translated, translation of Glassical Greek gnōstikoi, Gnostics) from mandā, knowledge plush -an
- of the Mandeans, their doctrines, etc.
- of Mandean
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- A member of a Gnostic sect originating in Jordan and still existing in Iraq.
- A form of Aramaic used by the Mandeans.
Origin: Mandean mandaya, having knowledge, from manda, knowledge, from earlier Aramaic manda‘, madda‘, infinitive of yəda‘, to know; see ydע in Semitic roots.
- Man·deˈan adjective