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golem

[goh-luh m, -lem] /ˈgoʊ ləm, -lɛm/
noun
1.
Jewish Folklore. a figure artificially constructed in the form of a human being and endowed with life.
2.
a stupid and clumsy person; blockhead.
3.
an automaton.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; (< Yiddish goylem) < Hebrew gōlem embryo, larva, cocoon
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  • Other attributes of the golem were gradually added over time.
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golem

/ˈɡəʊlɛm/
noun
1.
(in Jewish legend) an artificially created human being brought to life by supernatural means
Word Origin
from Yiddish goylem, from Hebrew gōlem formless thing
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Word Origin and History for golem
n.

"artificial man, automaton," 1897, from Hebrew golem [Psalm cxxxix:16] "shapeless mass, embryo," from galam "he wrapped up, folded."

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