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genizah

Line breaks: ge¦ni|zah
Pronunciation: /ɡɛˈniːzə
 
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Definition of genizah in English:

noun

A room attached to a synagogue and housing damaged, discarded, or heretical texts and sacred relics.
Example sentences
  • The study is based on source material preserved in Genizahs and now dispersed in libraries around the world.
  • Old or damaged manuscripts or just worn manuscripts were stored in Genizahs, and were forgotten for many years.

Origin

from Hebrew gĕnīzāh, literally 'hiding place', from gānaz 'hide, set aside'.

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