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plural trefi
: a homestead or hamlet under old Cymric law
usually : a group or area acting as a single community as regards cattle and plowing, constituting a taxable unit, and consisting typically of nine houses, one plow, one oven, one churn, one cat, one cock, and one herdsman


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variants or terefah or terefa
or trefah or trefa
: ritually unclean or unfit according to Jewish law
opposed to kosher

Word History



Welsh, town, home, dwelling place, tref; akin to Cornish tref, tre dwelling place, town, Breton trev division of a parish, Old English thorp village


Yiddish & Hebrew; Yiddish treyf, treyfe, from Hebrew ṭĕrēphāh animal torn by wild beasts, torn flesh

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“Tref.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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