\ ˈtrāv \
plural trefi\ -​vē \

Definition of tref

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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
\ ˈtrāf \
variants: or terefah or terefa \ təˈrāfə \ or trefah or trefa \ ˈtrāfə \

Definition of tref (Entry 2 of 2)

: ritually unclean or unfit according to Jewish law opposed to kosher

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History and Etymology for tref


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 6 Aug. 2020.

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