What is the definition of "shituki"? This term may be found in Rambam, Mamrim 5:9.

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  • See Rambam, Issurei Biah 15:12, and Mishna Kiddushin 4:2
    – Double AA
    Aug 29, 2017 at 11:36
  • Is the Rambam tag really appropriate here? While the OP found the word in Rambam, it does not originate there.
    – Ze'ev
    Aug 29, 2017 at 23:50

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Kiddushin 69a (Art Scroll Kiddushin 69a4), The end of the first mishna chapter 4 Asarah Yochasin. There are ten classes of geneology, this is one of them.

These are shetukim: Anyone who knows the identity of his mother, but does not know the identity of his father 9

Note 9:

Shetuki literally means "the quieted one" (from the root שתק, quiet). [A child without a father is liable to address any adult male as "Father". When he does so], his mother must silence him. (Rashi)

  • Thus, the child is definitely Jewish, but could be anything from a Cohen to a Mamzer.
    – Shalom
    Aug 29, 2017 at 16:55

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