ge·​ni·​zah | \ gəˌnēˈzä, -ˈnēzə \
plural genizoth or genizot\ -​ˌnēˈzōt(h) , -​ˈnēˌzōs \ or genizahs

Definition of genizah

1 : a storeroom or repository in a synagogue used for discarded, damaged, or defective books and papers and sacred objects valuable old manuscripts found in the genizah at Cairo
2 : the contents of a genizah

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First Known Use of genizah

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for genizah

Hebrew gĕnīzāh

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“Genizah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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