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or yarmelke, yarmulka

[yahr-muh l-kuh, -muh-, yah-] /ˈyɑr məl kə, -mə-, ˈyɑ-/
noun, Judaism.
a skullcap worn, especially during prayer and religious study, by Jewish males, especially those adhering to Orthodox or Conservative tradition.
Origin of yarmulke
1940-45; < Yiddish yarmlke < Polish jarmułka (earlier jałmurka, jamułka) or Ukrainian yarmúlka < Turkic; compare Turkish yağmurluk rain apparel, equivalent to yağmur rain + -luk noun suffix of appurtenance Unabridged
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(Judaism) a skullcap worn by orthodox male Jews at all times, and by others during prayer
Word Origin
from Yiddish, from Ukrainian and Polish yarmulka cap, probably from Turkish yaǧmurluk raincoat, from yaǧmur rain
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Word Origin and History for yarmulke

1903, from Yiddish yarmulke, from Polish jarmułka, originally "a skullcap worn by priests," perhaps ultimately from Medieval Latin almutia "cowl, hood."

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yarmulke [(yah-muh-kuh, yahr-muhl-kuh)]

In Orthodox Judaism and Conservative Judaism, a skullcap worn by men as a sign of reverence while praying to God or talking about him.

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