A tree, probably a species of acacia, that was a source of a wood mentioned frequently in the Bible.
A tree mentioned in the Bible, now generally identified as an Asian acacia (Acacia seyal or A. tortils) with closegrained, yellowish-brown wood.
Origin of shittah
- Hebrew šiṭṭâ Arabic sanṭ both from Egyptian šnḏt, šnty acacia
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition