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Ophir

[oh-fer] /ˈoʊ fər/
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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  • The mining is now all underground and drifts from the North Star and Ophir mines underlie a part of the town.

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

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • "Which makes everything look all the brighter for Ophir," laughed Frank.

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

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • The most beautiful thing in it was a great rose-tree which he called Gold of Ophir.

    The Story of Dago Annie Fellows-Johnston
  • We were in that portion of the Ophir known as the "north mines."

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  • I paused; I looked round; the land that just before had seemed to me so worthless took the value of Ophir.

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • To the east lay Argos and beyond that Ophir, proud kingdoms and avaricious.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
British Dictionary definitions for Ophir

Ophir

/ˈəʊfə/
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

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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Ophir in the Bible

(1.) One of the sons of Joktan (Gen. 10:29). (2.) Some region famous for its gold (1 Kings 9:28; 10:11; 22:48; Job 22:24; 28:16; Isa. 13:12). In the LXX. this word is rendered "Sophir," and "Sofir" is the Coptic name for India, which is the rendering of the Arabic version, as also of the Vulgate. Josephus has identified it with the Golden Chersonese, i.e., the Malay peninsula. It is now generally identified with Abhira, at the mouth of the Indus. Much may be said, however, in favour of the opinion that it was somewhere in Arabia.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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