mo·hel (mōhĕl, -ĕl, moil)
n. pl. mo·hels also mo·hal·im (-hä-lēm) or mo·hel·im (-hĕ-lēm, -ĕ-)
One who performs circumcision on a Jewish male as a religious rite.
[Mishnaic Hebrew môhēl, active participle of māhal, to circumcise, from Aramaic məhal, by-form of Biblical Hebrew māl (perhaps originally "to remove the front"), perhaps from môl, in front; see ʾwl in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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