• IPA: /ˈmænə/

manna (uncountable)

  1. (biblical) Food miraculously produced for the Israelites in the desert in the book of Exodus.
  2. (by extension) Any boon which comes into one's hands by good luck.
    • 1596-99, Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act V, scene i:
      Fair ladies, you drop manna in the way / Of starved people.
  3. The sugary sap of the manna gum tree which oozes out from holes drilled by insects and falls to the ground around the tree.
    • 1966, Bill Beatty, Tales of Old Australia, National Distributors, ISBN 1-86436-013-5, page 14, discussing old Australian foods
      The icing on the cake was made from manna, which was gathered under the manna gums. Manna mixed with milk made a splendid icing.
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