shittah

[ shit-uh ]
/ ˈʃɪt ə /

noun, plural shit·tim [shit-im] /ˈʃɪt ɪm/, shit·tahs.

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

Definition for shittim (2 of 2)

shittim wood
[ shit-im ]
/ ˈʃɪt ɪm /

noun

the wood, probably acacia, of which the ark of the covenant and various parts of the tabernacle were made. Ex. 25, 26.
the cascara, Rhamnus purshiana.

Origin of shittim wood

1580–90; < Hebrew shiṭṭīm, plural of shiṭṭāh (see shittah)
Also called shit·tim.
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British Dictionary definitions for shittim (1 of 3)

Shittim
/ (ˈʃɪtɪm) /

noun

Old Testament the site to the east of the Jordan and northeast of the Dead Sea where the Israelites encamped before crossing the Jordan (Numbers 25:1–9)

British Dictionary definitions for shittim (2 of 3)

shittah
/ (ˈʃɪtə) /

noun plural shittim (ˈʃɪtɪm) or shittahs

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

Word Origin for shittah

C17: from Hebrew shittāh; related to Egyptian sout acacia

British Dictionary definitions for shittim (3 of 3)

shittim wood
/ (ˈʃɪtɪm) /

noun

Old Testament a kind of wood, probably acacia, from which the Ark of the Covenant and parts of the tabernacle were made

Word Origin for shittim wood

C14: from Hebrew shittīm, plural of shittah
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