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The ceremony in which a Jewish male is circumcised, traditionally performed on his eighth day of life.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Jewish Quarterly Review. From Hebrew bĕrīṯ milāh covenant of circumcision, ceremony of circumcision from bĕrīṯ covenant + milāh circumcision (related to mōhēl). The β form reflects Ashkenazi pronunciation; compare bris.
brit milah/brɪt mɪˈlɑː//brɪt ˈmiːlə/
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