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golem

[goh-luh m, -lem]
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noun
  1. Jewish Folklore. a figure artificially constructed in the form of a human being and endowed with life.
  2. a stupid and clumsy person; blockhead.
  3. an automaton.
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Origin of golem

1895–1900; (< Yiddish goylem) < Hebrew gōlem embryo, larva, cocoon
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golem

noun
  1. (in Jewish legend) an artificially created human being brought to life by supernatural means
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Word Origin

from Yiddish goylem, from Hebrew gōlem formless thing
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Word Origin and History for golem

n.

"artificial man, automaton," 1897, from Hebrew golem [Psalm cxxxix:16] "shapeless mass, embryo," from galam "he wrapped up, folded."

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