Manna insect
Manna Man"na (m[a^]n"n[.a]), n. [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. [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{Manna insect} (Zo["o]l), a scale insect ({Gossyparia mannipara}), which causes the exudation of manna from the Tamarix tree in Arabia. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • manna insect — noun or manna scale : a scale insect (Trabutina mannipara) causing production of manna on the tamarisk …   Useful english dictionary

  • Manna — Man na (m[a^]n n[.a]), n. [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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • manna lichen — Manna Man na (m[a^]n n[.a]), n. [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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • manna scale — noun see manna insect …   Useful english dictionary

  • Manna — • The food miraculously sent to the Israelites during their forty years sojourn in the desert (Ex., xvi; Num., xi, 6 9) Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Manna     Manna      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Manna — Manna, 1) (Manna), gelbliche, zuckerartige, undurchsichtige, leicht zerbrechliche, weiche, mehr od. minder trockne, eigen süß schmeckende Substanz, welche aus der Rinde mehrer Eschenarten (Fraxinus excelsior, Fr. ornus, Fr. rotundifolia u.a.) von …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • manna — /man euh/, n. 1. the food miraculously supplied to the Israelites in the wilderness. Ex. 16:14 36. 2. any sudden or unexpected help, advantage, or aid to success. 3. divine or spiritual food. 4. the exudation of the ash Fraxinus ornus and related …   Universalium

  • insect — insectival /in sek tuy veuhl/, adj. /in sekt/, n. 1. any animal of the class Insecta, comprising small, air breathing arthropods having the body divided into three parts (head, thorax, and abdomen), and having three pairs of legs and usually two… …   Universalium

  • manna — A saccharine exudation from Fraxinus ornus, flowering ash, a tree of the Mediterranean shores, used as a laxative, especially for children. It is available as m. cannellata, a flake m.; m. in lacrimis, m. in tears or small flakes; and m. communis …   Medical dictionary

  • manna — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Greek, from Hebrew mān Date: before 12th century 1. a. food miraculously supplied to the Israelites in their journey through the wilderness b. divinely supplied spiritual… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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