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.
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- 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
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 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 chest of shittimwood was smaller than Deker had imagined: not even two meters long, and barely a meter wide and tall.
And thou shalt make staves of shittimwood, and overlay them with gold.
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.
It was but a chest of shittimwood, with two slabs of lettered stone in it, -- and what help was in that?