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

  • n. A small piece of parchment inscribed with the biblical passages Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21 and marked with the word Shaddai, a name of the Almighty, that is rolled up in a container and affixed by many Jewish households to their door frames in conformity with Jewish law and as a sign of their faith.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A piece of parchment inscribed with Pentateuchal texts and attached in a case to the doorpost of a house, in accordance with Jewish law that says that “the Jews must remember the Tenth Plague and the blood on the doorposts.”

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Among the Jews, an emblem consisting of a piece of parchment, inscribed on one side with the words found in Deut. vi. 4-9 and xi. 13-21, on the other with “Shaddai,” ‘the Almighty,’ and so placed in a small hollow cylinder that the divine name is visible through an opening covered by a glass.

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

  • n. religious texts from Deuteronomy inscribed on parchment and rolled up in a case that is attached to the doorframe of many Jewish households in accordance with Jewish law


Hebrew məzûzâ, doorpost, mezuzah; see ḏwḏ1 in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From post-Biblical Hebrew מְזוּזָה (m'zuzá) (referring to Deuteronomy 6:9). (Wiktionary)


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