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or Tallys, Talys

[tal-is] /ˈtæl ɪs/
Thomas, c1505–85, English organist and composer, especially of church music.


or tallit, tallis

[Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tah-lis; Sephardic Hebrew tah-leet] /Ashkenazic Hebrew, English ˈtɑ lɪs; Sephardic Hebrew tɑˈlit/
noun, plural tallithim, tallitim, tallisim
[Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tah-lee-sim, -ley-, tah-luh-sim; Sephardic Hebrew tah-lee-teem] /Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tɑˈli sɪm, -ˈleɪ-, ˌtɑ ləˈsɪm; Sephardic Hebrew tɑ liˈtim/ (Show IPA).
a shawllike garment of wool, silk, or the like, with fringes, or zizith, at the four corners, worn around the shoulders by Orthodox and Conservative (sometimes also Reform) Jews, as during the morning service.
Origin of tallith
First recorded in 1605-15, tallith is from the Hebrew word ṭallīth literally, cover, cloak Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Tallis had something to say, but he was allowing the Earthman to "adjust to surprise."

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  • It was not, however, indelicate to watch Tallis' face closely; it was expected.

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  • Tallis, like the rest of the Kerothi, was unbelievably humanoid.

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  • "The Board of Strategy asked me to tell you," Tallis continued.

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  • "But none of those who had any strength agreed to work with us," Tallis went on.

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  • General Tallis shook his head in a peculiarly humanlike gesture.

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  • At that distance, it was impossible to tell that Tallis was not what he appeared to be.

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  • At the same time, Tallis stepped from behind the door and clouted the other.

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  • He identified himself at the door and Tallis opened it cautiously.

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British Dictionary definitions for Tallis


(Judaism) a fringed shawl worn by Jewish men during morning prayers
Word Origin
from Hebrew, literally: a cover


Thomas. ?1505–85, English composer and organist; noted for his music for the Anglican liturgy
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