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Magen David

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Pronunciation: /mɑːˌɡɛn dɑːˈviːd
 
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Definition of Magen David in English:

noun

A hexagram used as a symbol of Judaism.
Example sentences
  • Every window was taped to protect us from explosions and at the confluence of those strips of tape there appeared a Magen David.
  • From Prague, the "Magen David" spread to the Jewish communities of Moravia and Bohemia, and then eventually to Eastern Europe.

Origin

early 20th century: Hebrew, literally 'shield of David', with reference to David, King of Israel (see David1).

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