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[shit-uh] /ˈʃɪt ə/
noun, plural shittim
[shit-im] /ˈʃɪt ɪm/ (Show IPA),
a tree, said to be an acacia, probably Acacia seyal, that yielded the shittim wood of the Old Testament.
Origin of shittah
1605-15; < Hebrew shiṭṭāh Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for shittim


(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)


noun (pl) shittim (ˈʃɪtɪm), 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
C17: from Hebrew shittāh; related to Egyptian sout acacia
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shittim in the Bible

acacias, also called "Abel-shittim" (Num. 33:49), a plain or valley in the land of Moab where the Israelites were encamped after their two victories over Sihon and Og, at the close of their desert wanderings, and from which Joshua sent forth two spies (q.v.) "secretly" to "view" the land and Jericho (Josh. 2:1).

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