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[ter-uh-fim] /ˈtɛr ə fɪm/
plural noun, singular teraph
[ter-uh f] /ˈtɛr əf/ (Show IPA)
idols or images reverenced by the ancient Hebrews and kindred peoples, apparently as household gods.
Origin of teraphim
1350-1400; < Hebrew tərāphīm; replacing Middle English theraphym < Late Latin theraphim (Vulgate) < Greek theraphín (Septuagint) < Hebrew, as above Unabridged
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  • You, too, will be able to guess some day, without the teraph's help.

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
  • After all, I liked you from the first moment I saw you, and asked the teraph about you, and I got an answer—such an answer!

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
British Dictionary definitions for teraph


noun (pl) -aphim (-əfɪm)
(Old Testament) any of various small household gods or images venerated by ancient Semitic peoples. (Genesis 31:19–21; I Samuel 19:13–16)
Word Origin
C14: from Hebrew, of uncertain origin
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