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

 

manna

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈmænə//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmænə//
 
[uncountable]
 
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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 Origin Old 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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