arba kanfot

Pronunciations

arba kanfot (ar-BAH kahn-FOHT) listen

Definitions

Example Sentences

  • "Before you put your arba kanfes on, Benjy, check that you have eight strings on each corner." (Glinert))

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • Hebrew ארבע כנפות arba kanfot 'four corners', Yiddish ארבע כּנפֿות arbe kanfes '4-cornered undershirt containing tzitzis'

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      arba kanfos, arba kanfes, arbe kanfes

Notes

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