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[Sephardic Hebrew tah-nah; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tah-nah] /Sephardic Hebrew tɑˈnɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English ˈtɑ nɑ/
noun, plural tannaim
[Sephardic Hebrew tah-nah-eem; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tah-nah-im] /Sephardic Hebrew tɑ nɑˈim; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tɑˈnɑ ɪm/ (Show IPA).
(often initial capital letter) Judaism.
one of a group of Jewish scholars, active in Palestine during the 1st and 2nd centuries a.d., whose teachings are found chiefly in the Mishnah.
Compare amora, sabora.
Origin of tanna
From the Hebrew word tannā teacher
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[tah-nuh-it-ik] /ˌtɑ nəˈɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Akiba, who may be taken to represent the second generation of tannaim, differed in character from Jochanan.

  • Meir, whom we take as representative of the third generation of tannaim, was filled with the widest sympathies.

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