- Bible a sweet food miraculously provided for the Israelites in the wilderness: Ex. 16:14-36
- divine aid, spiritual sustenance, etc.
- anything badly needed that comes unexpectedly
- a sweet, gummy juice obtained from a European ash tree (Fraxinus ornus), formerly used as a laxative
- any of various similar substances exuded by certain plants and insects
Origin of mannaOld English ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin ; from Ecclesiastical Greek ; from Aramaic mann? ; from Classical Hebrew (language) m?n, origin, originally , probably man hu, literally , what is it?
- In the Bible, the food miraculously provided for the Israelites in the wilderness during their flight from Egypt.
- Spiritual nourishment of divine origin.
- Something of value that a person receives unexpectedly: viewed the bonus as manna from heaven.
- A dried exudate of certain plants, especially the Eurasian ash tree Fraxinus ornus, formerly used as a laxative.
- A sweet granular substance excreted on the leaves of plants by certain insects, especially scale insects and aphids, sometimes harvested for food.
Origin of mannaMiddle English, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Greek, from Aramaic manna, from Hebrew man; see mnn in Semitic roots.
From Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin manna, from Ancient Greek Î¼Î¬Î½Î½Î± (mÃ¡nna), from Hebrew ×ž×Ÿ (mÄn, “'manna").