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Asherah

[uh-sheer-uh] /əˈʃɪər ə/
noun, plural Asherim
[uh-sheer-im] /əˈʃɪər ɪm/ (Show IPA),
Asherahs for 2.
1.
an ancient Semitic goddess, sometimes identified with Ashtoreth and Astarte, worshiped by the Phoenicians and Canaanites.
2.
any of various upright wooden objects serving as a sacred symbol of Asherah.
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asherah

n.

1863, wooden pillar used as symbol of Canaanite goddess Ashera, of unknown origin.

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