- Bible 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: OE < LL(Ec) < Gr(Ec) < Aram mannā < Heb mān, orig., prob. man hu, lit., what is it?
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- 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.
- The dried exudate of certain plants, as that of the Mediterranean ash tree, formerly used as a laxative.
- A sweet granular substance excreted on the leaves of plants by certain insects, especially aphids, and often harvested by ants.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Greek, from Aramaic mannā, from Hebrew mān; see mnn in Semitic roots.