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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She saw him go down in his working clothes; she did not know that he had hidden the tallith under his apron.

    Neighbors Jacob A. Riis
  • They laid the body on the floor in front of the prison cells and covered it with the tallith as with a shroud.

    Neighbors Jacob A. Riis
  • One father spread his tallith over his sons, and killed them and himself.

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