- the food miraculously supplied to the Israelites in the wilderness. Ex. 16:14–36.
- any sudden or unexpected help, advantage, or aid to success.
- divine or spiritual food.
- the exudation of the ash Fraxinus ornus and related plants: source of mannitol.
Origin of manna
Examples from the Web for manna
Reduced gas prices are manna for common Ukrainians, who once paid more for Russian gas than did Western Europeans.Why Did Ukraine’s Eurolution Fail?
January 5, 2014
Unsurprisingly, the junior senator from Texas is manna to talk-radio warriors.Ted Cruz’s Biggest Cheerleaders Are (Where Else?) on Right-Wing Talk Radio
September 25, 2013
Instead, the bombs America will drop will be manna for ISIS.How U.S. Strikes on Syria Help al Qaeda
August 28, 2013
For Romney, a three-way tie for first place in Iowa is manna from heaven.Media Hype About Mitt Romney’s Iowa Showing Is Wrong
January 4, 2012
Victory will not descend on our camp like a manna from on high.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
I had heard of it as I had of manna or of ambrosia, but no further.Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
Thomas De Quincey
He fed them with manna in the wilderness, and the angel of His presence preserved them.True Words for Brave Men
Manna do they thus gather to feed on, when their hair is hoary.Man of Uz, and Other Poems
Lydia Howard Sigourney
There are some who try to live on past religion, and it is like the manna of verse 20.Broken Bread
- Old Testament the miraculous food which sustained the Israelites in the wilderness (Exodus 16:14–36)
- any spiritual or divine nourishment
- a windfall; an unexpected gift (esp in the phrase manna from heaven)
- a sweet substance obtained from various plants, esp from an ash tree, Fraxinus ornus (manna or flowering ash) of S Europe, used as a mild laxative
Word Origin and History for manna
Old English borrowing from Late Latin manna, from Greek manna, from Hebrew man, probably literally "substance exuded by the tamarisk tree," but used in Greek and Latin specifically with reference to the substance miraculously supplied to the Children of Israel during their wandering in the Wilderness (Ex. xvi:15). Meaning "spiritual nourishment" is attested from late 14c. Generalized sense of "something provided unexpectedly" is from 1590s.