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shofar

or sho·phar

[ shoh-fer; Sephardic Hebrew shaw-fahr; Ashkenazic Hebrew shoh-fuhr, shoh-fahr ]
/ ˈʃoʊ fər; Sephardic Hebrew ʃɔˈfɑr; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈʃoʊ fər, ʃoʊˈfɑr /
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noun, plural sho·fars, Hebrew sho·froth, sho·frot, sho·fros [Sephardic Hebrew shaw-frawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew shoh-frohs, shoh-frohs], /Sephardic Hebrew ʃɔˈfrɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈʃoʊ froʊs, ʃoʊˈfroʊs/, Judaism.

a ram's horn blown as a wind instrument, sounded in Biblical times chiefly to communicate signals in battle and announce certain religious occasions and in modern times chiefly at synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

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Origin of shofar

First recorded in 1860–65, from Hebrew shōphār “ram's horn”

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH shofar

chauffeur, shofar
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British Dictionary definitions for shofar

shofar

shophar

/ (ˈʃəʊfɑː, Hebrew ʃɔˈfar) /

noun plural -fars, -phars, -froth or -phroth (Hebrew -ˈfrɔt)

Judaism a ram's horn sounded in the synagogue daily during the month of Elul and repeatedly on Rosh Hashanah, and by the ancient Israelites as a warning, summons, etc

Word Origin for shofar

from Hebrew shōphār ram's horn
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