- a member of an ancient Gnostic sect extant in Iraq.
- the Aramaic language of the Mandaean sacred books.
- of or relating to the Mandaeans.
Origin of Mandaean
1870–75; < Mandaean mandayy(ā) Gnostics (literally, the knowing ones) + -an
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The chief depositaries of these Mandaean mysteries are the priests, who enjoy a high degree of power and social regard.
- a member of a Gnostic sect of Iraq
- the form of Aramaic used by this sect
- of or relating to this sect
C19: from Aramaic mandaya Gnostics, from mandā knowledge
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