- Food miraculously produced for the Israelites in the desert in the book of Exodus.
- By extension, any good thing which comes into one's hands by luck or good fortune.
- The sugary sap of the manna gum tree which oozes out from holes drilled by insects and falls to the ground around the tree.http://www.museum.vic.gov.au/forest/plants/gum.html
Etymology: From Middle English < Old English < Late Latin < Greek < Hebrew (mÄn, 'manna').
- 1966: The icing on the cake was made from manna, which was gathered under the manna gums. Manna mixed with milk made a splendid icing. — Bill Beatty, Tales of Old Australia, National Distributors, ISBN 1-86436-013-5, page 14, discussing old Australian foods
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