- Judaism. unfit to be eaten or used, according to religious laws; not kosher.
Origin of tref
< Yiddish treyf < Hebrew ṭərēphāh torn flesh, literally, something torn
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Tref, having been put upon the scent, followed the trail through several streets until he came to a night-shelter.Science and the Criminal
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Llanfair tref Helygon,—The parish church was in ruins many years ago; the oldest inhabitant does not remember it standing.
treif treifa (ˈtreɪfə)
- Judaism ritually unfit to be eaten; not kosher
Yiddish, from Hebrew terēphāh, literally: torn (i.e., animal meat torn by beasts), from tāraf to tear
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Word Origin and History for tref
Welsh, literally "hamlet, home, town."
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