tal·lit also tal·lis (tälĭs, tä-lēt)
n. pl. tal·lits or tal·li·tot (tä-lētôt, -tôs, -lā-) also tal·lis·es also tal·li·sim (tä-lēsĭm, -lā-)
A shawl with ritually knotted tassels at each of four corners traditionally worn by Jewish men and boys, especially at morning prayer. Also called prayer shawl.
[Mishnaic Hebrew ṭallît, cover, from Hebrew ṭillēl, to cover, from Aramaic ṭallel, from ṭəlāl, shade; see ll in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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