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or kor·ban

[kawr-buh n; Sephardic Hebrew kawr-bahn; Ashkenazic Hebrew kawr-buh n]
  1. a sacrifice or offering made to God, especially among the ancient Hebrews in fulfillment of a vow.
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Origin of corban

1350–1400; Middle English < Hebrew qorbān literally, a drawing near
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  1. Old Testament a gift to God
  2. New Testament Judaism the Temple treasury or a consecration or gift to it (Matthew 27:6; Mark 7:11)
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Word Origin

C14: from Late Latin, from Greek korban, from Hebrew qorbān offering, literally: a drawing near
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