- a tree, said to be an acacia, probably Acacia seyal, that yielded the shittim wood of the Old Testament.
Origin of shittah
First recorded in 1605–15, shittah is from the Hebrew word shiṭṭāh
- the wood, probably acacia, of which the ark of the covenant and various parts of the tabernacle were made. Ex. 25, 26.
- the cascara, Rhamnus purshiana.
- false buckthorn.
Origin of shittim wood
1580–90; < Hebrew shiṭṭīm, plural of shiṭṭāh (see shittah)
Also called shit·tim.
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Examples from the Web for shittim
Joshua rose up early in the morning and set out from Shittim.The Children's Bible
Henry A. Sherman
By some it is thought that the timber of A. arabica is identical with the Shittim tree, or wood of the Bible.
The whole land of the plain and the valley of Shittim as far as Mount Nebo are visible from here.The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela
Benjamin of Tudela
Omitted from the above is the strange clause from Shittim to Gilgal, which appears to be a gloss.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of the Twelve Prophets, Vol. I
George Adam Smith
The host of Israel had been encamped for some time at Shittim on the east side of the river Jordan.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Joshua
William Garden Blaikie
- Old Testament the site to the east of the Jordan and northeast of the Dead Sea where the Israelites encamped before crossing the Jordan (Numbers 25:1–9)
- a tree mentioned in the Old Testament, thought to be either of two Asian acacias, Acacia seyal or A. tortilis, having close-grained yellow-brown wood
C17: from Hebrew shittāh; related to Egyptian sout acacia
- Old Testament a kind of wood, probably acacia, from which the Ark of the Covenant and parts of the tabernacle were made
C14: from Hebrew shittīm, plural of shittah
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