manna definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Old English ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin ; from Ecclesiastical Greek ; from Aramaic mannā ; from Classical Hebrew (language) mān, origin, originally , probably man hu, literally , what is it?
manna definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.