manna

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man·na

noun \ˈma-nə\

: food which according to the Bible was supplied by a miracle to the Israelites after they escaped from Egypt

: something needed that is received unexpectedly

Full Definition of MANNA

1
a :  food miraculously supplied to the Israelites in their journey through the wilderness
b :  divinely supplied spiritual nourishment
c :  a usually sudden and unexpected source of gratification, pleasure, or gain
2
a :  the sweetish dried exudate of a Eurasian ash (especially Fraxinus ornus) that contains mannitol and has been used as a laxative and demulcent
b :  a similar product excreted by a scale insect (Trabutina mannipara) feeding on the tamarisk

Examples of MANNA

  1. Your generous gift was manna from heaven.
  2. <the announcement that there would be a sequel was manna to the many fans of the original movie>

Origin of MANNA

Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Greek, from Hebrew mān
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with MANNA

man·na

noun \ˈman-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MANNA

1
: the sweetish dried exudate of a European ash (especially Fraxinus ornus) that contains mannitol and has been used as a laxative and demulcent
2
: a product that is similar to manna and is excreted by a scale insect (Trabutina mannipara) feeding on the tamarisk

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