Mish·nah also Mish·na (mĭshnə)
1. The first section of the Talmud, being a collection of early oral interpretations of the scriptures as compiled about AD 200.
2. A paragraph from this section of the Talmud.
3. The teaching of a rabbi or other noted authority on Jewish laws.
[Mishnaic Hebrew mišnâ, repetition, instruction, from šānâ, to repeat; see ṯn in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
Mish·naic (mĭsh-nāĭk) adj.
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