from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. In the Bible, the food miraculously provided for the Israelites in the wilderness during their flight from Egypt.
- n. Spiritual nourishment of divine origin.
- n. Something of value that a person receives unexpectedly: viewed the bonus as manna from heaven.
- n. The dried exudate of certain plants, as that of the Mediterranean ash tree, formerly used as a laxative.
- n. A sweet granular substance excreted on the leaves of plants by certain insects, especially aphids, and often harvested by ants.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Food miraculously produced for the Israelites in the desert in the book of Exodus.
- n. By extension, any good thing which comes into one's hands by luck or good fortune.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The food supplied to the Israelites in their journey through the wilderness of Arabia; hence, divinely supplied food.
- n. A name given to lichens of the genus Lecanora, sometimes blown into heaps in the deserts of Arabia and Africa, and gathered and used as food; called also manna lichen.
- n. A sweetish exudation in the form of pale yellow friable flakes, coming from several trees and shrubs and used in medicine as a gentle laxative, as the secretion of Fraxinus Ornus, and Fraxinus rotundifolia, the manna ashes of Southern Europe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The food by which the children of Israel were sustained in the wilderness (Ex. xvi. 14-36; Num. xi. 6, 7).
- n. Hence Delicious food for either the body or the mind; delectable material for nourishment or entertainment.
- n. Divine or spiritual food.
- n. In pharmacy, a sweet concrete juice obtained by incisions made in the stem of Fraxinus Ornus, a native of Sicily, Calabria, and other parts of the south of Europe, and from other species of ash.
- n. The secretion of the tamarisk, Tamarix Gallica, var. mannifera. It is a honey-like liquid which exudes from punctures made by an insect, hardens on the stems, and drops to the ground. It is collected by the Arabs as a delicacy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. hardened sugary exudation of various trees
- n. (Old Testament) food that God gave the Israelites during the Exodus
Fair ladies, you drop manna in the way Of starved people] [Shakespeare is not more exact in any thing, than in adapting his images with propriety to his speakers; of which he has here given an instance in making the young Jewess call good fortune, _manna_.
In Republican legend, there was once a great warrior who could drink a quart of vodka, play 18 holes of golf and still be able to deny humanity while receiving much manna from the Wall Street demons.
They also took some oil they consider holy manna from a chinese place w/o asking for permission and were ribbed for stealing.
She participated in her early days as a web designer in some of the same lists that I do, and she was so eager to learn it was something to watch — she sucked up new information like it was manna from the gods.
But because everyone was asking the same question, the strange milky white ground cover was called manna in ancient Hebrew, manna means “What is it?” as noted in Exodus 16:15, 31.
What we call manna croup is also used in a variety of ways.
But as to the derivation of the word manna, whether from man, which Josephus says then signified What is it or from mannah, to divide, i.e., a dividend or portion allotted to every one, it is uncertain: I incline to the latter derivation.
All deliveries took place by airlift, and when Mephistopheles’ package arrived, it dropped like manna from the heavens, dangling from its own tiny parachute.
They broke bread and remembered that day, and they remembered the ancient stories about bread raining down from heaven on their ancestors, the bread called manna.
If the manna were a surprise, I'd have more food than I need and I'd have missed out on some serious fun.
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