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shophar

[shoh-fer; Sephardic Hebrew shaw-fahr; Ashkenazic Hebrew shoh-fuhr, shoh-fahr]
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noun, plural sho·phars, Hebrew sho·phroth, sho·phrot, sho·phros [Sephardic Hebrew shaw-frawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew shoh-frohs, shoh-frohs] /Sephardic Hebrew ʃɔˈfrɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈʃoʊ froʊs, ʃoʊˈfroʊs/, Judaism.
  1. shofar.
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shofar

or sho·phar

[shoh-fer; Sephardic Hebrew shaw-fahr; Ashkenazic Hebrew shoh-fuhr, shoh-fahr]
noun, plural sho·fars, Hebrew sho·froth, sho·frot, sho·fros [Sephardic Hebrew shaw-frawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew shoh-frohs, shoh-frohs] /Sephardic Hebrew ʃɔˈfrɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈʃoʊ froʊs, ʃoʊˈfroʊs/, Judaism.
  1. 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.
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Origin of shofar

First recorded in 1860–65, shofar is from the Hebrew word shōphār
Can be confusedchauffeur shofar
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Historical Examples

  • Shophar is the Hebrew name for what is usually translated 'ram's horns.'

    Chatterbox, 1906

    Various

  • Cohen made a sign to a priest who held a Shophar (hallowed ram's horn) in his hand.

  • He signed to the Tokeang—the Shophar blower—and instantly the weird, curious, quavering, vibrating sounds broke on the still air.


British Dictionary definitions for shophar

shophar

noun plural -phars or -phroth (Hebrew -ˈfrɔt)
  1. a variant spelling of shofar
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shofar

shophar

noun plural -fars, -phars, -froth or -phroth (Hebrew -ˈfrɔt)
  1. 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
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Word Origin

from Hebrew shōphār ram's horn
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Word Origin and History for shophar

shofar

n.

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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