from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of a Gnostic sect originating in Jordan and still existing in Iraq.
- n. A form of Aramaic used by the Mandeans.
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- n. Alternative spelling of Mandaean.
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- n. the form of Aramaic used by the Mandeans
- adj. of or relating to the Mandaean people or their language or culture
- n. a member of a small Gnostic sect that originated in Jordan and survives in Iraq and who believes that John the Baptist was the Messiah
Mandean mandaya, having knowledge, from manda, knowledge, from earlier Aramaic manda', madda', infinitive of yəda', to know; see ydʿ in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)