- a tree, said to be an acacia, probably Acacia seyal, that yielded the shittim wood of the Old Testament.
Origin of shittah
First recorded in 1605–15, shittah is from the Hebrew word shiṭṭāh
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- a tree mentioned in the Old Testament, thought to be either of two Asian acacias, Acacia seyal or A. tortilis, having close-grained yellow-brown wood
C17: from Hebrew shittāh; related to Egyptian sout acacia