Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sugarlike, edible substance obtained from the pupal case of an Old World beetle of the genus Larinus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Manna from the cocoons of the insects Larinus maculatus and Larinus nidificans.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An amorphous variety of manna obtained from the nests and cocoons of a Syrian coleopterous insect (Larinus maculatus, Larinus nidificans, etc.) which feeds on the foliage of a variety of thistle. It is used as an article of food, and is called also nest sugar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of manna excreted in Persia and Turkey by an insect, Larinus maculatus, in the form of cocoons, consisting chiefly of starch, sugar, and gum derived from the species of globe-thistle (Echinops Persica) on which it feeds. Also called Turkish manna.

Etymologies

New Latin trehāla, from Turkish tīqāla, from Persian tīghāl.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin trehāla, from Turkish , from Persian تیغال (tīgẖāl, "a kind of manna"). (Wiktionary)

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  • source of manna

    September 28, 2008