American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Judaism The 613 fringes of thread, symbolizing the 613 commandments in the Hebrew Scriptures, attached to the corners of a garment, especially a tallith.
- n. Alternative form of tzitzit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The tassels of twisted cords or threads on the corners of the upper garment worn by strict Jews. The Hebrew for this word is translated in both the Authorized and Revised Versions (Deut. xxii. 12) by the word “fringes.”
- Hebrew ṣîṣīt, tassle, fringe; see ṣy in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A man needs zizith "(a fringed undergarment that the Torah commands men to wear; the commandment says that the fringes, which have to show, are to be worn" that ye may look upon [them] and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them; and ... seek not after your own heart ... which ye use to go a-whoring ").”
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