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or Tallys, Talys

[tal-is] /ˈtæl ɪs/
Thomas, c1505–85, English organist and composer, especially of church music.


or tallit, tallis

[Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tah-lis; Sephardic Hebrew tah-leet] /Ashkenazic Hebrew, English ˈtɑ lɪs; Sephardic Hebrew tɑˈlit/
noun, plural tallithim, tallitim, tallisim
[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/ (Show IPA).
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.
Origin of tallith
1605-15; < Hebrew ṭallīth literally, cover, cloak Unabridged
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  • Tallis frowned a little, as though he were trying to think of something, but then he closed his eyes and relaxed.

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  • He identified himself at the door and Tallis opened it cautiously.

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  • "But none of those who had any strength agreed to work with us," Tallis went on.

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  • He couldn't be compared to Tallis without looking small and mean.

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  • Tallis was just stepping into the commander's cabin as the two men entered the air lock.

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  • Tallis knew at that moment that he was looking at the face of Death.

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  • It would be indelicate to speak until Tallis felt that he was ready for the surprise.

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  • He suddenly wished that he had shot Tallis without wakening him.

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  • The death of Tallis had left him absolutely without a rival.

British Dictionary definitions for Tallis


(Judaism) a fringed shawl worn by Jewish men during morning prayers
Word Origin
from Hebrew, literally: a cover


Thomas. ?1505–85, English composer and organist; noted for his music for the Anglican liturgy
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