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manna

[man-uh] /ˈmæn ə/
noun
1.
the food miraculously supplied to the Israelites in the wilderness. Ex. 16:14–36.
2.
any sudden or unexpected help, advantage, or aid to success.
3.
divine or spiritual food.
4.
the exudation of the ash Fraxinus ornus and related plants: source of mannitol.
Origin of manna
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English < Late Latin < Greek mánna < Hebrew mān
Can be confused
manna, manner, manor.
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  • 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.

  • He fed them with manna in the wilderness, and the angel of His presence preserved them.

    True Words for Brave Men Charles Kingsley
  • 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 Thomas Champness
  • Honey, manna, sap-juice, are different kinds of less pure sugar.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin
British Dictionary definitions for manna

manna

/ˈmænə/
noun
1.
(Old Testament) the miraculous food which sustained the Israelites in the wilderness (Exodus 16:14–36)
2.
any spiritual or divine nourishment
3.
a windfall; an unexpected gift (esp in the phrase manna from heaven)
4.
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
Old English via Late Latin from Greek, from Hebrew mān
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Word Origin and History for manna
n.

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.

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