The Hebrew is probably derived from the Egyptian mennu, 'food.' BDB- Known to Bedouin in Sin. Penin.; a juice exuding in heavy drops from twigs (some say also the leaves) of TÍarfa (TÍuêrfa) tree (tamarix gallica mannifera) in W. Sin. Penin., end of May and in June, sweet, sticky, honey-like; Manna could be ground or milled, baked or boiled (Exo 16:23; Num 11:8); the tamarisk secretion cannot be processed this way. Only on the Sabbath could the manna be kept for more than a day without becoming wormy.
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