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tefillin

or te·phil·lin

[Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tuh-fil-in; Sephardic Hebrew tuh-fee-leen]
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plural noun Judaism.
  1. the phylacteries.

Origin of tefillin

1605–15; < Hebrew təphillīn, akin to təphillāh prayer
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n.

1610s, from Rabbinical Hebrew t'phillim, plural of t'phillah "prayer."

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