- Twelve loaves of bread placed on the alter in Jewish Temples and renewed periodically. See showbread.
- 1658: a long sided quadrate ... was the figure of the Ark of the Covenant, the table of the Shew-bread, and the stone wherein the names of the twelve Tribes were engraved " Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 177)
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