||When the layer of dew evaporated, there were little grains all over the surface of the desert. It looked like fine frost on the ground.
Vata'al shichvat hatal vehineh al-peney hamidbar dak mechuspas dak kakfor al-ha'arets.
Mechuspas in Hebrew. Or, 'small round balls' (Ibn Ezra; Saadia; Ibn Janach; Radak, Sherashim); see Exodus 16:31 (Sforno; Septuagint). Others, 'like hail-stones' (Rashbam; gresle in French); 'flakes' (Targum; Ramban); 'a sandwich' (Rashi); or 'something sticky' (Yoma 75b; Josephus 3:1:6).
Or fine chalky frost (Targum; Rashi). Cf. Psalms 147:16, Job 38:29.