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A plural ending of words from Hebrew.


Examples include the angelic beings cherubim (Hebrew kĕrūb) and seraphim (Hebrew sĕrāpīm), as well as kibbutzim (Hebrew qibbūs, gathering), communal settlements in Israel, and goyim (Hebrew gōy, people, nation), an offensive name for a non-Jew.

Some other examples (such as literatim, of the copying of a text letter by letter; passim, of allusions or references be found at various places throughout the text of a published work; and seriatim, taking one subject after another in regular order) derive instead from a Latin adverbial ending.

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