in classical Greek the
extremity or prominent part of a thing, edge skirt, margin; the fringe of a
garment; in the New Testament, a little appendage hanging down from the edge of
the mantle or cloak, made of twisted wool; a tassle, tuft: Mt.
9:20; 14:36; 23:5; Mk. 6:56; Lk. 8:44. The Jews had such appendages attached to their
mantles to remind them of the law, according to Num. 15:37 sq. Cf Win. RWB.
s. v. Saum; [B. D. s. v. Hem of Garment; Edersheim, Jesus the Messiah,
i. 624; esp. Ginsburg in Alex.'s Kitto s. v. Fringes].