Originally a measurement, and the term comes from the amount of barley offered as part of a daily offering over a period of 49 days.
Now the period between the first day of Passover and Shavuot, which comprises of 7 weeks.
During these weeks each day is counted, and from the 7th day onward, the number of weeks and days is also counted.
Today is the 41st day of the Omer making 5 weeks and 6 days.
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