teraph

noun
ter·​aph | \ ˈter-əf How to pronounce teraph (audio) \
plural teraphim\ ˈter-​ə-​ˌfim How to pronounce teraphim (audio) \

Definition of teraph

: an image of a Semitic household god

First Known Use of teraph

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teraph

Hebrew tĕrāphīm (plural in form but singular in meaning)

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“Teraph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teraph. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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