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- n.pl. Judaism The phylacteries.
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- n. Plural form of tefilla.
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- n. (Judaism) either of two small leather cases containing texts from the Hebrew Scriptures (known collectively as tefillin); traditionally worn (on the forehead and the left arm) by Jewish men during morning prayer
Hebrew təpillîn, pl. of təpillâ, prayer, from Hebrew hitpallēl, to pray; see pll in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)