manna

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

Definition of manna

1a : 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
2a : 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

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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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First Known Use of manna

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

History and Etymology for manna

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

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19 Apr 2022

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“Manna.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manna. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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manna

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

Kids Definition of manna

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

manna

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

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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