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

  • n. The mass murder of European Jews by the Nazis during World War II.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The systematic mass murder of 6 million Jews perpetrated by Nazi Germany shortly before and during World War II.


Hebrew šô'â, calamity; see šwא in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Hebrew word שואה ("catastrophe"). (Wiktionary)


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