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tefillin

or tephillin

[Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tuh-fil-in; Sephardic Hebrew tuh-fee-leen] /Ashkenazic Hebrew, English təˈfɪl ɪn; Sephardic Hebrew tə fiˈlin/
plural noun, Judaism.
1.
the phylacteries.
Origin of tefillin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Hebrew təphillīn, akin to təphillāh prayer
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n.

1610s, from Rabbinical Hebrew t'phillim, plural of t'phillah "prayer."

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