from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A loaf of yeast-leavened egg bread, usually braided, traditionally eaten by Jews on the Sabbath, holidays, and other ceremonial occasions.
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- n. A traditional braided bread eaten by Ashkenazi Jews on the Sabbath
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- n. (Judaism) a loaf of white bread containing eggs and leavened with yeast; often formed into braided loaves and glazed with eggs before baking
Hebrew ḥallâ; see ḫll in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish חלה, from Hebrew חַלָּה. (Wiktionary)