kap·​pa·​rah | \ ˌkäpäˈrä, käˈpȯrə \
plural kapparoth or kapparot\ ˌkäpäˈrōt(h) , käˈpȯrəs \

Definition of kapparah

1 : a symbolic ceremony practiced by some Orthodox Jews on the eve of Yom Kippur in which typically a cock, hen, or coin is swung around the head and offered in atonement or as ransom for one's sins
2 : sacrifice specifically : something used as a symbolic sacrifice in the kapparah ceremony

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Hebrew, literally, atonement

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“Kapparah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kapparah. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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