Definitions

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

  • n. A tree, probably a species of acacia, that was a source of a wood mentioned frequently in the Bible.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tree said in the Bible to have furnished the precious wood of which the ark, tables, altars, boards, etc., of the Jewish tabernacle were made; now believed to have been the red acacia, Acacia seyal, now in genus Vachella.
  • n. The wood of this tree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tree that furnished the precious wood of which the ark, tables, altars, boards, etc., of the Jewish tabernacle were made; -- now believed to have been the wood of the Acacia Seyal, which is hard, fine grained, and yellowish brown in color.

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

  • n. source of a wood mentioned frequently in the Bible; probably a species of genus Acacia

Etymologies

Hebrew šiṭṭâ; akin to Arabic sanṭ, both from Egyptian šnḏt, šnty, acacia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Hebrew שטה, usually expressed in the irregular plural שטים (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The acacia, which, in Scripture, is always called 'shittah' and in the plural 'shittim,' was esteemed a sacred wood among the Hebrews.

    The Symbolism of Freemasonry

  • (Heb. shittim) Ex. 25: 5, R.V. probably the Acacia seyal (the gum-arabic tree); called the "shittah" tree (Isa.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • All the same, Deker knew he would never be able to erase from his mind that first horrific glimpse of twenty-four thousand blackened corpses strung out among a golden sea of shittah trees.

    THE PROMISED WAR

  • I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together:

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • Then they ran into a meteoroid swarm (she supposed) which rebounded off their shieldfields and sent them careening off trajectory; and the man shook his fist, commenced on a mighty oath, glimpsed her and turned it into a Biblical “Damask rose and shittah tree!”

    The Earth Book of Stormgate

  • Antipas, its polished marble gleaming through the tops of palms and the lace-like green of shittah trees.

    The Coming of the King

  • It is thought that the shittah and shittim wood of the Bible, of which Moses made the greater part of the tables, altars and planks of the tabernacle, was the same as the black acacia found in the deserts of Arabia and about Mount Sinai and the mountains which border on the Red Sea, and is so hard and solid as to be almost incorruptible.

    Among the Trees at Elmridge

  • It is the mimosa nilotica of Linnæus, the shittah of the Hebrew writers, and grows abundantly in Palestine.

    The Symbolism of Freemasonry

  • (Heb. shittah, the thorny), is without doubt correctly referred to some species of Acacia, of which three or four kinds occur in the Bible lands.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • (Isa 32: 15; 55: 13). shittah -- rather, the "acacia," or Egyptian thorn, from which the gum

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

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