- an ancient Hebrew unit of dry measure equal to one tenth of an ephah
- [usuallyO-]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 'ōmer ġmr Sense 2b, from the offering of a sheaf of barley on the second day of Passover