Definition of manna noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmænə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmænə//
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(in the Bible) the food that God provided for the people of Israel during their 40 years in the desert (figurative) To the refugees, the food shipments were manna from heaven (= an unexpected and very welcome gift). Word OriginOld English, via late Latin and Greek from Aramaic mannā, from Hebrew mān, corresponding to Arabic mann, denoting a product of the tamarisk (a shrub or small tree) Tamarix mannifera.
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