Definition of "manna" [man•na]

  • In the Bible, the food miraculously provided for the Israelites in the wilderness during their flight from Egypt. (noun)
  • Spiritual nourishment of divine origin. (noun)
  • Something of value that a person receives unexpectedly: viewed the bonus as manna from heaven. (noun)
  • The dried exudate of certain plants, as that of the Mediterranean ash tree, formerly used as a laxative. (noun)
  • A sweet granular substance excreted on the leaves of plants by certain insects, especially aphids, and often harvested by ants. (noun)

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Use "manna" in a sentence
  • "Fair ladies, you drop manna in the way Of starved people] [Shakespeare is not more exact in any thing, than in adapting his images with propriety to his speakers; of which he has here given an instance in making the young Jewess call good fortune, _manna_."
  • "In Republican legend, there was once a great warrior who could drink a quart of vodka, play 18 holes of golf and still be able to deny humanity while receiving much manna from the Wall Street demons."
  • "They also took some oil they consider holy manna from a chinese place w/o asking for permission and were ribbed for stealing."