- an ancient Hebrew unit of dry measure equal to one tenth of an ephah
- Judaism the period of 49 days from the second day of Passover through the day before Shavuot: traditionally a period of partial mourning
Origin of omerClassical Hebrew (language) '?mer
- An ancient Hebrew unit of dry measure equal to a tenth of an ephah, about 3.5 liters (3.7 quarts).
- a. An offering of a sheaf or an omer of the first harvest of barley to a priest in the Temple on the second day of Passover.b. Omer A 49-day liturgical season, originally a harvest festival, from the second day of Passover to the first day of Shavuot, during which marriages are prohibited and signs of mourning are observed.
Origin of omerHebrew ‘&omacron;mer; see ġmr in Semitic roots. Sense 2b, from the offering of a sheaf of barley on the second day of Passover.