Hag·ga·dah also Hag·ga·da (hä′gä-dä, hə-gädə, -gôdə)
n. pl. Hag·ga·doth (-dôt, -dōt′, -dōs, -dəz)
1. Traditional Jewish literature, especially the nonlegal part of the Talmud. Also called Aggadah.
2. The book containing the story of the Exodus and the ritual of the Seder, read at the Passover Seder.
[Hebrew haggādâ, narration, telling, from higgîd, to narrate, tell; see ngd in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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