manna

noun

man·​na ˈma-nə How to pronounce manna (audio)
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

Your generous gift was manna from heaven. the announcement that there would be a sequel was manna to the many fans of the original movie
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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of manna was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Manna.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manna. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

manna

noun
man·​na ˈman-ə How to pronounce manna (audio)
1
: food miraculously supplied to the Israelites in the wilderness
2
: a usually sudden and unexpected source of pleasure or gain

Medical Definition

manna

noun
man·​na ˈman-ə How to pronounce manna (audio)
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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