mohel[mō′əl; Heb mō̂ hāl′]
Judaism a person qualified to perform the brith milah, or rite of circumcision
Origin of mohelClassical Hebrew (language)
nounpl. mo·hels also mo·hal·im or mo·hel·im
One who performs circumcision on a Jewish male as a religious rite.
Origin of mohelMishnaic Hebrew môhēl, active participle of māhal, to circumcise, from Aramaic m&schwa;hal, by-form of Biblical Hebrew māl (perhaps originally “to remove the front”), perhaps from môl, in front; see ℵwl in Semitic roots.
- One of the (maj) islands of the Comoros