plural amoraim
often capitalized
: one of a group of rabbis (a.d. 250–500) who discussed the Mishnaic law in the law schools of Palestine and Mesopotamia and whose discussions are recorded in the Palestinian and Babylonian Talmuds compare sabora, tanna

Word History


Hebrew ămōrā' (plural ămōrā'īm) speaker, interpreter, from Aramaic āmōrā

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amora was in 1856

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“Amora.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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