- the miraculous food which sustained the Israelites in the wilderness (Exodus 16:14–36)
- any spiritual or divine nourishment
- a windfall; an unexpected gift (esp in the phrase manna from heaven)
- 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
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man•na /ˈmænə/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Bible(in the Bible) the food miraculously supplied to the Israelites in the wilderness.
- a sudden or unexpected source of help or good fortune.
man•na (man′ə),USA pronunciation n.
- Biblethe food miraculously supplied to the Israelites in the wilderness. Ex. 16:14–36.
- any sudden or unexpected help, advantage, or aid to success.
- divine or spiritual food.
- 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
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manna /ˈmænə/ n
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