mash·gi·ach or mash·gi·ah (mäsh-gēä)
n. pl. mash·gi·chim or mash·gi·him (-gēĭm, -gē-ēm)
An Orthodox rabbi, or a person appointed or approved by such a rabbi, whose responsibility is to prevent violations of Jewish dietary laws by inspection of slaughterhouses, meat markets, and restaurants where food assumed to be kosher is prepared for the public.
[Hebrew mašgîaḥ, from hišgîaḥ, to look, inspect; see šgḥ in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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