manna

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈmænə/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈmænə/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(manə)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
man•na /ˈmænə/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Bible(in the Bible) the food miraculously supplied to the Israelites in the wilderness.
  2. a sudden or unexpected source of help or good fortune.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
man•na  (manə),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Biblethe food miraculously supplied to the Israelites in the wilderness. Ex. 16:14–36.
  2. any sudden or unexpected help, advantage, or aid to success.
  3. divine or spiritual food.
  4. the exudation of the ash Fraxinus ornus and related plants: source of mannitol.
  • Hebrew mān
  • Greek mánna
  • Late Latin
  • Middle English, Old English bef. 900

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
manna /ˈmænə/ n
  1. the miraculous food which sustained the Israelites in the wilderness (Exodus 16:14–36)
  2. any spiritual or divine nourishment
  3. a windfall; an unexpected gift (esp in the phrase manna from heaven)
  4. a sweet substance obtained from various plants, esp from an ash tree, Fraxinus ornus (manna or flowering ash) of S Europe, used as a mild laxative
Etymology: Old English via Late Latin from Greek, from Hebrew mān
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