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tallith

[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).
Judaism.
1.
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.
Also, tallit, tallis.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Hebrew ṭallīth literally, cover, cloak
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British Dictionary definitions for tallit

tallit

/ˈtælɪθ; Hebrew taˈliːt/
noun (pl) tallaisim (tæˈleɪsɪm), tallites tallitot (Hebrew) (-liːˈtɔt)
1.
a white shawl with fringed corners worn over the head and shoulders by Jewish males during religious services
2.
a smaller form of this worn under the outer garment during waking hours by some Jewish males
Word Origin
C17: from Hebrew tallīt
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Encyclopedia Article for tallit

prayer shawl worn by male Jews during the daily morning service (shaharit); it is also worn by the leader of the service during the afternoon service (minha). On Yom Kippur, males wear it for all five services and on Tisha be-Av only during the afternoon service

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