[shoh-fer; Sephardic Hebrew shaw-fahr; Ashkenazic Hebrew shoh-fuh r, shoh-fahr]
- a ram's horn blown as a wind instrument, sounded in Biblical times chiefly to communicate signals in battle and announce certain religious occasions and in modern times chiefly at synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Origin of shofar
First recorded in 1860–65, shofar is from the Hebrew word shōphār
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Examples from the Web for shofar
Then show the class a shofar or a picture of one and ask, "What is this?"
When we hear the shofar blown on Rosh ha-Shanah what should we think of?
The sounds of the shofar are very peculiar and harsh, quite unlike the notes of any modern instrument.
Dr. Beigel has made a most singular discovery concerning the tones of the shofar.
The shrill call of the Shofar, or the soft sense-enslaving tones of the organ?Simon Eichelkatz; The Patriarch
- Judaism a ram's horn sounded in the synagogue daily during the month of Elul and repeatedly on Rosh Hashanah, and by the ancient Israelites as a warning, summons, etc
from Hebrew shōphār ram's horn
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Word Origin and History for shofar
ram's horn blown on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, 1833, from Hebrew shophar "ram's horn," related to Arabic sawafiru "ram's horns," Akkadian shapparu "wild goat."
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