tref

tref

[treyf]
adjective
Judaism. unfit to be eaten or used, according to religious laws; not kosher.


Origin:
< Yiddish treyf < Hebrew ṭərēphāh torn flesh, literally, something torn

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tref, treif or treifa (treɪf, ˈtreɪfə)
 
adj
Judaism ritually unfit to be eaten; not kosher
 
[Yiddish, from Hebrew terēphāh, literally: torn (i.e., animal meat torn by beasts), from tāraf to tear]
 
treif, treif or treifa
 
adj
 
[Yiddish, from Hebrew terēphāh, literally: torn (i.e., animal meat torn by beasts), from tāraf to tear]
 
treifa, treif or treifa
 
adj
 
[Yiddish, from Hebrew terēphāh, literally: torn (i.e., animal meat torn by beasts), from tāraf to tear]

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tref

any food, food product, or utensil that, according to the Jewish dietary laws (kashruth, q.v.), is not ritually clean or prepared according to law and is thus prohibited as unfit for Jewish use. Terefah is thus the antithesis of kosher ("fit"). The broad connotation of terefah derives from a more specific prohibition against eating meat that has been "torn" by a wild animal (e.g., Exodus 22:31).

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