4478. man
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man: manna
Original Word: מָן
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Transliteration: man
Phonetic Spelling: (mawn)
Short Definition: manna

I. מָן noun masculineNumbers 11:9 manna (= Arabic , known to Bedouin in Sinai Peninsula; a juice exuding in heavy drops from twigs (some say also the leaves) of ˆarfa (ˆªrfa) tree (tamarix gallica mannifera) in West Sinai Peninsula, end of May and in June, sweet, sticky, honey-like; compare DiExodus 16:36 RobBRi. 75, 115, 590 EbGS 233 ff., 574 ff. SocZMG xxxiv. 1881, 254); — ׳מ absolute Exodus 16:15 12t., suffix מַנֵךָ Nehemiah 9:20: — manna: וַיּאֹמְרוּ מָן הוּא כִּי לֹא יָָֽדְעוּ מַההֿוּא Exodus 16:15; Exodus 16:31; Exodus 16:33; Exodus 16:35; Exodus 16:35; Numbers 11:6,7,9 (described Exodus 16:14,31; Numbers 11:7; accompare dew Exodus 16:14; Numbers 11:9); ceased after Israel reached Canaan Joshua 5:12 (twice in verse); as 2nd accusativeהֶאֱכִילְךָ אֶתהַֿמָּן Deuteronomy 8:3, compare Deuteronomy 8:16 מָן לֶאֱכֹל וַיַּמְטֵר עֲלֵיהֶם Psalm 78:24; וּמַנְךָ לֹאמָֿנַעְתָּ מִמִּיהֶם Nehemiah 9:20.

II. מָן in Exodus 16:15 (with reference to the manna) מַההֿוּא וַיּאֹמְרוּ אִישׁ אֶלאָֿחִיו מָן הוּא כִּי לֹא יָָֽדְעוּ, most probably 'What is it?' the question being intended as a popular etymology of מָן 'manna,' based upon the late Aramaic What ? (man is 'Who?' in Arabic, Aramaic מַן ), Mandaean (מאן), Ethiopic (manu), 'What?' in these dialects being מָה מָא (Ethiopic ment); מָן in the sense of 'What?' must correspond to the later Syriac contracted from ᵑ7 מָדֵין§ 68 WSG 125).


From mah; literally, a whatness (so to speak), i.e. Manna (so called from the question about it) -- manna.

see HEBREW mah

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