from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Judaism A selection from the Prophets, read in synagogue services on the Sabbath following each lesson from the Torah.
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- n. a series of selections from the books of Nevi'im and ketuvim of the Tanach, publicly read in synagogue as part of religious practice.
Mishnaic Hebrew hapṭārâ, conclusion, from hipṭîr, to conclude, dismiss, derived stem of Hebrew pāṭar, to separate, discharge; see pṭr in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)