manna

[ man-uh ]
/ ˈmæn ə /

noun

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.

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Origin of manna

before 900; Middle English, Old English < Late Latin < Greek mánna < Hebrew mān

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH manna

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British Dictionary definitions for manna

manna
/ (ˈmænə) /

noun

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 for manna

Old English via Late Latin from Greek, from Hebrew mān
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