or mezuza noun (plural -zahs or -zas or mezuzot) Etymology: Hebrew mĕzūzāh doorpost Date: 1650 a small parchment scroll inscribed with Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21 and the name Shaddai and placed in a case fixed to the doorpost by some Jewish families as a sign and reminder of their faith; also such a scroll and its case

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