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. 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 lichen — n. Any of several Old World semicrustaceous or shrubby lecanoras that roll up and are blown about over African and Arabian deserts and used as food by people and animals; same as {manna}[2]. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • manna lichen — noun any of several Old World partially crustaceous or shrubby lecanoras that roll up and are blown about over African and Arabian deserts and used as food by people and animals • Hypernyms: ↑lecanora * * * noun 1. : any of several Old World… …   Useful english dictionary

  • manna lichen — any of several crustose lichens of the genus Lecanora, esp. L. esculenta, found in the African and Arabian deserts, used for food by humans and other animals. [1860 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • 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 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — (Heb. מָן), referred to as bread from heaven (Ex. 16:4; cf. Ps. 105:40). Manna is described in Exodus as coming down in the wilderness of Sinai within the area of the Israelites encampment every morning except on Sabbaths in the form of a fine,… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • 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

  • Australian manna — 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

  • Briancon manna — 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

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