teraph

noun

ter·​aph ˈter-əf How to pronounce teraph (audio)
plural teraphim ˈter-ə-ˌfim How to pronounce teraph (audio)
: an image of a Semitic household god

Word History

Etymology

Hebrew tĕrāphīm (plural in form but singular in meaning)

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of teraph was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Teraph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teraph. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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