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Maccabean Tweet Definition of Maccabean Like Definition of Maccabean on Facebook
adjective 
  1. Of or pertaining to w:Judas Maccabeus, Judas Maccabeus or to the Maccabees; as, the princes; times. (webster)
     
mamzer Tweet Definition of mamzer Like Definition of mamzer on Facebook
noun 
  1. a child whose parents were not married
  2. a child whose parents were of different faiths
     
masoretic Tweet Definition of masoretic Like Definition of masoretic on Facebook
adjective 
  1. Of or relating to the Masora, or to its authors. Masoretic points and accents, the vowel points and accents of the Hebrew text of the Bible, of which the first mention is in the Masora.
     
matzo Tweet Definition of matzo Like Definition of matzo on Facebook
noun 
  1. A thin, unleavened bread;
    Matzo is eaten by Jews on Passover.
     
matzoh Tweet Definition of matzoh Like Definition of matzoh on Facebook
noun 
  1. A brittle, flat piece of unleavened bread, which is usually eaten at the Passover.
     
megillah Tweet Definition of megillah Like Definition of megillah on Facebook
noun 
  1. (Judaism) any of the Five Scrolls of the Hebrew Scriptures (Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther) to be read on certain days, especially Esther read at the festival of Purim
  2. any long, boring story
  • 1997: "You can"t name it. It"s too big or evil or outside your experience. It"s also shit because it"s garbage, it"s waste material. But I"m making a whole big out of this. What I really want to get at is the ordinary thing, the ordinary life behind the thing." " Don DeLillo?, Underworld
     
menorah Tweet Definition of menorah Like Definition of menorah on Facebook
noun 
  1. (Judaism) A holy candelabrum with seven branches used in the Temple of Jerusalem.
    • 1985: "Heathen muck," Liberalis said, as the pillaging began. The veil of the Temple was rent. The great was taken away. " Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked
    • (Judaism) A candelabrum with eight branches used in Jewish worship on Hanukkah.
     
Messiah Tweet Definition of Messiah Like Definition of Messiah on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (Christianity) Jesus
     
mezuzah Tweet Definition of mezuzah Like Definition of mezuzah on Facebook
noun 
  1. (Judaism) a piece of parchment inscribed with Pentateuchal texts and attached in a case to the doorpost of a house, in accordance with Jewish law that says that "the Jews must remember the Tenth Plague and the blood on the doorposts."
  • 1973: Slothrop gives him the mandala. He hopes it will work like the mantra that Enzian told him once, mba-kayere (I am passed over), mba-kayere"a spell against Marvy tonight, against Tchitcherine. A . Safe passage through a bad night " Thomas Pynchon, Gravity"s Rainbow
     
miter Tweet Definition of miter Like Definition of miter on Facebook
verb 
  1. To finish a material at an angle, frequently 45 degrees, such that it will fit up tightly against another piece of material, as with a picture frame.
     
Mosaic Tweet Definition of Mosaic Like Definition of Mosaic on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, Mosaic (web browser))
  1. (computing) an early web browser
adjective 
  1. of or relating to Moses, his laws and writings
     

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