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shammes

play
noun sham·mes \ˈshä-məs\

Definition of shammes

plural

shammosim

play \shä-ˈmȯ-səm\
  1. 1 :  the sexton of a synagogue

  2. 2 :  the candle or taper used to light the other candles in a Hanukkah menorah



Origin and Etymology of shammes

Yiddish shames, from Late Hebrew shāmmāsh


First Known Use: 1650


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