shivah

noun shi·vah
variants: or shiva or less commonly shive play \ˈshi-və\
Updated on: 7 Mar 2018

Definition of shivah

: a traditional seven-day period of mourning the dead that is observed in Jewish homes often used in the phrase sit shivah

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Origin and Etymology of shivah

Hebrew shibhʽāh seven (days)


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