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[oh-mer; Sephardic Hebrew aw-mer; Ashkenazic Hebrew oh-mer]
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  1. a Hebrew unit of dry measure, the tenth part of an ephah.
  2. (usually initial capital letter) Judaism. the period of 49 days extending from the second day of Passover to the first day of Shavuoth.

Origin of omer

From the Hebrew word ʿōmer
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  1. an ancient Hebrew unit of dry measure equal to one tenth of an ephah

Word Origin

C17: from Hebrew `ōmer a measure


  1. Judaism a period of seven weeks extending from the second day of Passover to the first day of Shavuoth, and observed as a period of semimourning

Word Origin

named because sacrifices of an omer of grain were made
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Word Origin and History for omer


Hebrew measure of capacity (a little over 5 pints), from Hebrew 'omer.

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