SHAMMOSIM

shammes

[shah-muhs]
noun, plural shammosim [shah-maw-sim] .
1.
sexton ( def 2 ).
2.
the candle used to kindle the candles in the Hanukkah menorah.
Also, shames.


Origin:
1945–50; < Yiddish shames < Hebrew shammāsh server, attendant

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shammes or shammash (ˈʃɑːməs, Hebrew ʃaˈmaʃ, ˈʃɑːməs, Hebrew ʃaˈmaʃ)
 
n , pl shammosim, shammashim
1.  an official acting as the beadle, sexton, and caretaker of a synagogue
2.  the extra candle used on the Feast of Hanukkah to kindle the lamps or candles of the menorah
 
[from Hebrew shāmmāsh, from Aramaic shĕmāsh to serve]
 
shammash or shammash (ˈʃɑːməs, Hebrew ʃaˈmaʃ, ˈʃɑːməs, Hebrew ʃaˈmaʃ, ʃaˈmɔsɪm)
 
n
 
[from Hebrew shāmmāsh, from Aramaic shĕmāsh to serve]

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