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noun man·na \ˈma-nə\

Definition of manna

  1. 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. 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>

Origin and Etymology of manna

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


MANNA Defined for English Language Learners

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noun man·na \ˈma-nə\

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

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noun man·na \ˈma-nə\

Definition of manna for Students

  1. 1 :  food which according to the Bible was supplied by a miracle to the Israelites in the wilderness

  2. 2 :  a usually sudden and unexpected source of pleasure or gain


Medical Dictionary

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noun man·na \ˈman-ə\

Medical Definition of manna

  1. 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. 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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