- a member of an ancient Gnostic sect still extant in S 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 of Mandeanfrom Mandean mandayy?, literally , having knowledge (used as translated, translation of Classical Greek gn?stikoi, Gnostics) from mand?, knowledge + -an
- of the Mandeans, their doctrines, etc.
- of Mandean