: an ancient Hebrew unit of dry capacity equal to ¹/₁₀ ephah
often capitalized : the sheaf of barley traditionally offered in Jewish Temple worship on the second day of the Passover
capitalized : a 7-week liturgical period of anticipation for Shavuot beginning with the second day of the Passover

Word History


Hebrew ʽōmer

First Known Use

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of omer was in 1560

Dictionary Entries Near omer

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“Omer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/omer. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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