Definition of genizah in English:

genizah

noun

  • A room attached to a synagogue and housing damaged, discarded, or heretical texts and sacred relics.

    • ‘Old or damaged manuscripts or just worn manuscripts were stored in Genizahs, and were forgotten for many years.’
    • ‘The study is based on source material preserved in Genizahs and now dispersed in libraries around the world.’

Origin

From Hebrew gĕnīzāh, literally ‘hiding place’, from gānaz ‘hide, set aside’.

Pronunciation

genizah

/ɡɛˈniːzə/