manna

noun man·na \ ˈma-nə \

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 in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of manna

Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Greek, from Hebrew mān


MANNA Defined for English Language Learners

manna

noun

Definition of manna for English Language Learners

  • : 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


MANNA Defined for Kids

manna

noun man·na \ ˈma-nə \

Definition of manna for Students

1 : food which according to the Bible was supplied by a miracle to the Israelites in the wilderness
2 : a usually sudden and unexpected source of pleasure or gain

Medical Dictionary

manna

noun man·na \ ˈman-ə \

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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