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tallith

or tal·lit, tal·lis

[ Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tah-lis; Sephardic Hebrew tah-leet ]
/ Ashkenazic Hebrew, English ˈtɑ lɪs; Sephardic Hebrew tɑˈlit /
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noun, plural tal·li·thim, tal·li·tim, tal·li·sim [Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tah-lee-sim, -ley-, tah-luh-sim; Sephardic Hebrew tah-lee-teem]. /Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tɑˈli sɪm, -ˈleɪ-, ˌtɑ ləˈsɪm; Sephardic Hebrew tɑ liˈtim/. Judaism.

a shawllike garment of wool, silk, or the like, with fringes, or zizith, at the four corners, worn around the shoulders by Orthodox and Conservative (sometimes also Reform) Jews, as during the morning service.

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Origin of tallith

First recorded in 1605–15, tallith is from the Hebrew word ṭallīth literally, cover, cloak
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Example sentences from the Web for tallith

  • One father spread his tallith over his sons, and killed them and himself.

  • She saw him go down in his working clothes; she did not know that he had hidden the tallith under his apron.

    Neighbors|Jacob A. Riis
  • They laid the body on the floor in front of the prison cells and covered it with the tallith as with a shroud.

    Neighbors|Jacob A. Riis
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