One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various spiny desert shrubs constituting the Eurasian genus Alhagi (family Fabaceae (Leguminosae)); especially camel thorn, A. maurorum, which exudes a sweet sap from its leaves and branches, thought by some to be the biblical manna.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From (i) French alhagi.
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