Mezuzot

mezuzah

[muh-zooz-uh; Sephardic Hebrew muh-zoo-zah; Ashkenazic Hebrew muh-zoo-zuh]
noun, plural mezuzoth, mezuzot, mezuzos [Sephardic Hebrew muh-zoo-zawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew muh-zoo-zohs] . English, mezuzahs. Judaism.
a parchment scroll inscribed on one side with the Biblical passages Deut. 6:4–9 and 11:13–21 and on the other side with the word Shaddai (a name applied to God), inserted in a small case or tube so that Shaddai is visible through an aperture in front, and attached by some Jews to the doorpost of the home.
Also, mezuza.


Origin:
1640–50; < Hebrew məzūzāh literally, doorpost

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mezuzah (məˈzʊzə, -ˈzuː-, Hebrew məzʊˈzɑ, Yiddish məˈzʊzə)
 
n , pl -zuzahs, -zuzoth
1.  a piece of parchment inscribed with biblical passages and fixed to the doorpost of the rooms of a Jewish house
2.  a metal case for such a parchment, sometimes worn as an ornament
 
[from Hebrew, literally: doorpost]

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mezuzah
1650, from Heb., lit. "doorpost."
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