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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Manna \Man"na\ (m[a^]n"n[.a]), noun [L., fr. Gr. ma'nna, 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; called also {manna lichen}.

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 {Fraxinus 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 insect} (Zool), a scale insect ({Gossyparia mannipara}), which causes the exudation of manna from the Tamarix tree in Arabia.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

manna

noun

1: hardened sugary exudation of various trees

2: (Old Testament) food that God gave the Israelites during the Exodus [syn: {miraculous food}, {manna}, {manna from heaven}]


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