Definitions

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

  • n. The wood of the shittah, used to make the ark of the Hebrew tabernacle.
  • n. See bumelia.

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

  • n. wood of the shittah tree used to make the ark of the Hebrew Tabernacle
  • n. deciduous tree of southeastern United States and Mexico
  • n. shrubby thorny deciduous tree of southeastern United States with white flowers and small black drupaceous fruit

Etymologies

Hebrew šiṭṭîm, pl. of šiṭṭâ, shittah; see shittah + wood1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • According to the ancient biblical account, the sacred Ark—an ornate box made of shittimwood and coated with gold—contained the original Ten Commandments, the tablets that God gave to Moses at Mount Sinai as the ancient Israelites wandered the desert in search of the Promised Land.

    THE PROMISED WAR

  • The presence of God turned out to be a twenty-meter-tall signal tower made of shittimwood beams with ladders leading to its various levels, all building up to a bronze furnace and chimney.

    THE PROMISED WAR

  • The chest of shittimwood was smaller than Deker had imagined: not even two meters long, and barely a meter wide and tall.

    THE PROMISED WAR

  • And thou shalt make staves of shittimwood, and overlay them with gold.

    The Moses Expedition

  • The Bible says: And they shall make an ark of shittimwood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.

    The Moses Expedition

  • It was but a chest of shittimwood, with two slabs of lettered stone in it, -- and what help was in that?

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and First Book of Samuel, Second Samuel, First Kings, and Second Kings chapters I to VII

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