hoshana

noun
ho·​sha·​na
variants: or hoshanah \ hōˈshä(ˌ)nä , -​nə \
plural hoshanoth or hoshanot\ -​ˌnōt(h) , -​ōs \

Definition of hoshana

1 : a cry of entreaty in the liturgical litany chanted in the synagogue on Sukkoth especially during the processional circuits around the altar on Hoshana Rabbah
2 : the prayer chanted on Hoshana Rabbah

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History and Etymology for hoshana

Hebrew hōshīʽāh nnā, literally, save now, we pray

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“Hoshana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoshana. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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