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.
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Origin of shittah
First recorded in 1605–15, shittah is from the Hebrew word shiṭṭāh
Origin of shittim wood
1580–90; < Hebrew shiṭṭīm, plural of shiṭṭāh (see shittah)
Also called shit·tim.
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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
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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