be·​rith | \ bə-ˈrith, ˈbrith, ˈbrit, ˈbris\
variants: or brith \ bə-​ˈrith , ˈbrith , ˈbrit , ˈbris \ or berit \ bə-​ˈrith , ˈbrith , ˈbrit , ˈbris \ or less commonly briss or bris \ ˈbris How to pronounce bris (audio) \
plural beriths also brisses

Definition of berith

2 : the Jewish rite or ceremony of circumcision performed on the male child on the eighth day after his birth

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History and Etymology for berith

Hebrew bĕrīth covenant

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