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megillah

or me路gil路la

[ muh-gil-uh; for 2 also Sephardic Hebrew muh-gee-lah ]
/ m蓹藞g瑟l 蓹; for 2 also Sephardic Hebrew m蓹 gi藞l蓱 /
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noun, plural me路gil路lahs, Sephardic Hebrew me路gil路loth, me路gil路lot [muh-gee-lawt]. /m蓹 gi藞l蓴t/.
Slang.
  1. a lengthy, detailed explanation or account: Just give me the facts, not the whole megillah.
  2. a lengthy and tediously complicated situation or matter.
(italics)Hebrew. a scroll, especially one containing the Book of Esther. Others are the Book of Ecclesiastes, the Song of Solomon, the Book of Ruth, and the Book of Lamentations.
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Origin of megillah

First recorded in1910鈥15; from Yiddish megile, from Biblical Hebrew m蓹gill膩h 鈥渟croll, roll, volume,鈥 from g膩lal 鈥渢o roll鈥

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British Dictionary definitions for megillah

megillah
/ (m蓹藞伞瑟l蓹, Hebrew mi伞i藞la) /

noun plural -lahs or -loth (Hebrew -藞l蓴t) Judaism
a scroll of the Book of Esther, read on the festival of Purim
a scroll of the Book of Ruth, Song of Songs, Lamentations, or Ecclesiastes
slang anything, such as a story or letter, that is too long or unduly drawn out

Word Origin for megillah

Hebrew: scroll, from galal to roll
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