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Meaning of MANNA

Pronunciation:  'manu

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (Old Testament) food that God gave the Israelites during the exodus
  2. [n]  hardened sugary exudation of various trees

MANNA is a 5 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: manna from heaven, miraculous food
 See Also: food, nutrient, sap



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Man"na\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?, Heb. m[=a]n; cf. Ar. mann,
properly, gift (of heaven).]
1. (Script.) The food supplied to the Israelites in their
   journey through the wilderness of Arabia; hence, divinely
   supplied food. --Ex. xvi. 15.

2. (Bot.) 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.

3. (Bot. & Med.) 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 {F. rotundifolia}, the
   manna ashes of Southern Europe.

Note: {Persian manna} is the secretion of the camel's thorn
      (see {Camel's thorn}, under {Camel}); {Tamarisk manna},
      that of the {Tamarisk mannifera}, a shrub of Western
      Asia; {Australian, manna}, that of certain species of
      eucalyptus; {Brian[,c]on manna}, that of the European

{Manna grass} (Bot.), a name of several tall slender grasses
   of the genus {Glyceria}. they have long loose panicles,
   and grow in moist places. {Nerved manna grass} is
   {Glyceria nervata}, and {Floating manna grass} is {G.

{Manna insect} (Zo["o]l), a scale insect ({Gossyparia
   mannipara}), which causes the exudation of manna from the
   Tamarisk tree in Arabia.

Easton Bible Dictionary

Heb. man-hu, "What is that?" the name given by the Israelites to the food miraculously supplied to them during their wanderings in the wilderness (Ex. 16:15-35). The name is commonly taken as derived from _man_, an expression of surprise, "What is it?" but more probably it is derived from _manan_, meaning "to allot," and hence denoting an "allotment" or a "gift." This "gift" from God is described as "a small round thing," like the "hoar-frost on the ground," and "like coriander seed," "of the colour of bdellium," and in taste "like wafers made with honey." It was capable of being baked and boiled, ground in mills, or beaten in a mortar (Ex. 16:23; Num. 11:7). If any was kept over till the following morning, it became corrupt with worms; but as on the Sabbath none fell, on the preceding day a double portion was given, and that could be kept over to supply the wants of the Sabbath without becoming corrupt. Directions concerning the gathering of it are fully given (Ex. 16:16-18, 33; Deut. 8:3, 16). It fell for the first time after the eighth encampment in the desert of Sin, and was daily furnished, except on the Sabbath, for all the years of the wanderings, till they encamped at Gilgal, after crossing the Jordan, when it suddenly ceased, and where they "did eat of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more" (Josh. 5:12). They now no longer needed the "bread of the wilderness."

This manna was evidently altogether a miraculous gift, wholly different from any natural product with which we are acquainted, and which bears this name. The manna of European commerce comes chiefly from Calabria and Sicily. It drops from the twigs of a species of ash during the months of June and July. At night it is fluid and resembles dew, but in the morning it begins to harden. The manna of the Sinaitic peninsula is an exudation from the "manna-tamarisk" tree (Tamarix mannifera), the el-tarfah of the Arabs. This tree is found at the present day in certain well-watered valleys in the peninsula of Sinai. The manna with which the people of Israel were fed for forty years differs in many particulars from all these natural products.

Our Lord refers to the manna when he calls himself the "true bread from heaven" (John 6:31-35; 48-51). He is also the "hidden manna" (Rev. 2:17; comp. John 6:49,51).

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