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gopher wood

  1. an unidentified wood used in building Noah's ark. Gen. 6:14.
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Origin of gopher wood

First recorded in 1605–15, gopher wood is from the Hebrew word gōpher
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Historical Examples

  • The ark was built of gopher-wood, which is thought by some to be pine, by others cedar.

    Man on the Ocean

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Make thee an ark of gopher-wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

    Biblical Extracts

    Robert Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for gopher wood

gopher wood

  1. the wood used in the construction of Noah's ark, thought to be a type of cypress (Genesis 6:14)
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Word Origin

from Hebrew gōpher
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