Judaism. unfit to be eaten or used, according to religious laws; not kosher.

Origin of tref

< Yiddish treyf < Hebrew ṭərēphāh torn flesh, literally, something torn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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treif treifa (ˈtreɪfə)


Judaism ritually unfit to be eaten; not kosher

Word Origin for tref

Yiddish, from Hebrew terēphāh, literally: torn (i.e., animal meat torn by beasts), from tāraf to tear
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Word Origin and History for tref

Welsh, literally "hamlet, home, town."

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