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Ophir

[oh-fer] /ˈoʊ fər/
noun
1.
a country of uncertain location, possibly southern Arabia or the eastern coast of Africa, from which gold and precious stones and trees were brought for Solomon. I Kings 10:11.
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  • The mining is now all underground and drifts from the North Star and Ophir mines underlie a part of the town.

  • He and I were paying a visit to Jim in the cabin he had built on Ophir.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • "Which makes everything look all the brighter for Ophir," laughed Frank.

  • So the following day found the three of us on the trail to Ophir.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • The most beautiful thing in it was a great rose-tree which he called Gold of Ophir.

    The Story of Dago Annie Fellows-Johnston
  • We were in that portion of the Ophir known as the "north mines."

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • I paused; I looked round; the land that just before had seemed to me so worthless took the value of Ophir.

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • To the east lay Argos and beyond that Ophir, proud kingdoms and avaricious.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
British Dictionary definitions for Ophir

Ophir

/ˈəʊfə/
noun
1.
(Bible) a region, probably situated on the SW coast of Arabia on the Red Sea, renowned, esp in King Solomon's reign, for its gold and precious stones (I Kings 9:28; 10:10)
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Word Origin and History for Ophir

name of a place mentioned in Old Testament as a source for fine gold; location still unknown. Hence Ophir-gold (1610s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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