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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Judaism The first section of the Talmud, being a collection of early oral interpretations of the scriptures as compiled about A.D. 200.
  • n. Judaism A paragraph from this section of the Talmud.
  • n. Judaism The teaching of a rabbi or other noted authority on Jewish laws.

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  • proper n. Alternative spelling of Mishna.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Jewish lit., a collection of halachoth or binding precepts and legal decisions deduced by the ancient rabbis from the Pentateuch, and itself forming a second or oral law. See halachah.
  • n. [lowercase; pl. mishnoth (mish′ noth).] A paragraph of the Mishnah.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the first part of the Talmud; a collection of early oral interpretations of the scriptures that was compiled about AD 200

Etymologies

Mishnaic Hebrew mišnâ, repetition, instruction, from šānâ, to repeat; see ṯn in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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