kumkum

Alternative Spellings

kum kum

Definitions

  • hot water urn

Example Sentences

  • "Where did you get the hot water?" "There's a kumkum in the kitchen."

Languages of Origin

Modern Hebrew

Etymology

קומקום kumkum 'kettle'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

Jewish law forbids heating water on the Sabbath, so many religious Jews prepare hot water for tea or coffee in an urn before it begins.

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