from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Judaism The rite or ceremony of male circumcision, usually performed on the eighth day of life.
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- n. ritual male circumcision
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the Jewish rite of circumcision.
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- n. the Jewish rite of circumcision performed on a male child on the eighth day of his life
Ashkenazi Hebrew brīs, from Hebrew bərît (mīlâ), covenant (of circumcision).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish ברית (bris), from Hebrew בְּרִית ("covenant"). (Wiktionary)