yad (yäd, yôd)
n. pl. ya·dim (yä-dēm, yôdĭm)
An ornamented pointer used to mark one's place when reading out loud from a scroll of the Torah in a synagogue.
[Mishnaic Hebrew yād, from Hebrew, hand; see yd in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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