Definitions

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

Etymologies

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

Mandean mandaya, having knowledge, from manda, knowledge, from earlier Aramaic manda', madda', infinitive of yəda', to know; see ydʿ in Semitic roots.

Examples

  • Some believed it had come from the Mandeans the Mandean love for the river and its waters being well known.

    Day of Honey

  • Or does the Mandean witness prove John's existence?

    Mythicism and John the Baptist

  • Attar's work has been an inspiration for artists both classic and modern, not to mention a great jazz record by Dave Holland, and the simurgh inspired a great MonkeyFilter post by the quidnunc kid, which I urge you to visit for many more links, including some gorgeous illustrations and a long and involving Mandean tale about the bird's visit to the noble king Hirmiz Shah.

    languagehat.com: SIMURGH.

  • Academics still rely heavily on the material she collected, which includes many photographs of their rituals and copies of the Mandean holy books.

    The Templar Revelation

  • They've considered returning to Syria, where at least they understand the language and there is a small Mandean community.

    Assyrian International News Agency

  • About ninety percent of the Mandean community report that they have left or been killed.

    Mikey Likes It!

  • The minority clause of the election law, which was finalised on November 3, 2008, provided three seats for Christians, and one each for Yazidi, Mandean and Shabak representatives.

    Top Stories - Google News

  • For this week's Tune In, we asked ice cream entrepreneur and Brooklyn Radio jock Mandean what he's been blasting in the box lately.

    BrooklynRadio.net

  • Mandean feeds stray cats and the occasional homeless dude his homemade ice cream.

    BrooklynRadio.net

  • Radio Edit, Mandean laces your internet dial with a show sponsored by

    BrooklynRadio.net

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