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[oh-mer; Sephardic Hebrew aw-mer; Ashkenazic Hebrew oh-mer] /ˈoʊ mər; Sephardic Hebrew ɔˈmɛr; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈoʊ mɛr/
a Hebrew unit of dry measure, the tenth part of an ephah.
(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 Unabridged
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  • omer Pacha, accompanied by the European commission, travelled to the spot.

    Herzegovina George Arbuthnot
  • Monsieur Soyer, said omer Pacha, what have you good to eat there?

  • No wonder that bitterness has entered our souls: only De Saint omer remains unfaltering in his faith, cheerful and inspired.

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson
  • De Saint omer stood like an avenging angel, arms folded, waiting.

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson
  • A letter came yesterday from omer, the legation footman, who is at Tirlemont with the artillery.

  • De Saint omer came to me and took my hand in his quick, vibrating grip.

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson
  • But you were present when the witness omer examined the register?

British Dictionary definitions for omer


an ancient Hebrew unit of dry measure equal to one tenth of an ephah
Word Origin
C17: from Hebrew `ōmer a measure


(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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