noun, plural shammosim
[shah-maw-sim] /ʃɑˈmɔ sɪm/ (Show IPA)
sexton (def 2).
the candle used to kindle the candles in the Hanukkah menorah.
noun (Judaism) (pl) shammosim, shammashim (Hebrew) (ʃaˈmɔsɪm)
an official acting as the beadle, sexton, and caretaker of a synagogue
the extra candle used on the Feast of Hanukkah to kindle the lamps or candles of the menorah


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