chal·lah also cha·lah or hal·lah (älə, hä-)
A loaf of yeast-leavened egg bread, usually braided, traditionally eaten by Jews on the Sabbath, holidays, and other ceremonial occasions.
[Hebrew ḥallâ; see ḫll in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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