me·zu·zah also me·zu·za (mə-zzə, -z-zä)
n. pl. me·zu·zahs also me·zu·zas (-zzəz) or me·zu·zot (-z-zôt)
1. A small piece of parchment inscribed with the biblical passages Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21 and marked with the word Shaddai, a name of the Almighty, that is rolled up in a container and affixed by many Jewish households to their door frames in conformity with Jewish law and as a sign of their faith.
2. The container that holds this piece of parchment.
[Hebrew məzûzâ, doorpost, mezuzah; see ḏwḏ1 in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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