Definitions for: Manna


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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
larch.

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.
flu}.

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

Synonyms: manna from heaven, miraculous food

See Also: food, nutrient, sap

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