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[shiv-uh] /ˈʃɪv ə/
noun, Judaism.
the mourning period, following the funeral and lasting traditionally for seven days, observed by Jews for a deceased parent, sibling, child, or spouse.
sit shivah, to observe this period.
Origin of shivah
From the Hebrew word shibhʿāh literally, seven Unabridged
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/ˈʃivɑ; ˈʃivə/
noun (Judaism)
the period of formal mourning lasting seven days from the funeral during which the mourner stays indoors and sits on a low stool
sit shivah, to mourn
Word Origin
from Hebrew, literally: seven (days)
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Word Origin and History for shivah

seven days of mourning in Jewish religious custom, 1892, from Hebrew shibhah "seven," short for shibh'ath yeme ha'ebhel "the seven days of mourning."

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