Ophir

[oh-fer]
noun
  1. a country of uncertain location, possibly southern Arabia or the eastern coast of Africa, from which gold and precious stones and trees were brought for Solomon. I Kings 10:11.
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Examples from the Web for ophir

Contemporary Examples of ophir

  • One reason Israel is so successful in the startup world, says Ophir, is because its citizens are known for speaking their minds.

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    The Airbnb of Home-Cooked Meals

    Itay Hod

    November 3, 2014

  • Ophir, an American by birth, says he experienced a bit of a culture shock when he moved to Israel.

    The Daily Beast logo
    The Airbnb of Home-Cooked Meals

    Itay Hod

    November 3, 2014

Historical Examples of ophir

  • So the following day found the three of us on the trail to Ophir.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • He and I were paying a visit to Jim in the cabin he had built on Ophir.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • Where the Ophir of the Bible really is, will ever be a question of doubt.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast

    Rounsevelle Wildman

  • In the case of each this was his introduction to the social life of Ophir.

    At the Time Appointed

    A. Maynard Barbour

  • Ophir is my destination at present, though it is uncertain how long I remain there.

    At the Time Appointed

    A. Maynard Barbour


British Dictionary definitions for ophir

Ophir

noun
  1. Bible a region, probably situated on the SW coast of Arabia on the Red Sea, renowned, esp in King Solomon's reign, for its gold and precious stones (I Kings 9:28; 10:10)
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Word Origin and History for ophir

Ophir

name of a place mentioned in Old Testament as a source for fine gold; location still unknown. Hence Ophir-gold (1610s).

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