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shofar

[shoh-fer; Sephardic Hebrew shaw-fahr; Ashkenazic Hebrew shoh-fuh r, shoh-fahr] /ˈʃoʊ fər; Sephardic Hebrew ʃɔˈfɑr; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈʃoʊ fər, ʃoʊˈfɑr/
noun, plural shofars Hebrew, shofroth, shofrot, shofros
[Sephardic Hebrew shaw-frawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew shoh-frohs, shoh-frohs] /Sephardic Hebrew ʃɔˈfrɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈʃoʊ froʊs, ʃoʊˈfroʊs/ (Show IPA).
Judaism.
1.
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.
Origin of shofar
1860-1865
1860-65; < Hebrew shōphār
Can be confused
chauffeur, shofar.
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shofar

/ˈʃəʊfɑː; Hebrew ʃɔˈfar/
noun (pl) -fars, -phars, -froth, -phroth (Hebrew) (-ˈfrɔt)
1.
(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
from Hebrew shōphār ram's horn
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Word Origin and History for shofar
n.

ram's horn blown on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, 1833, from Hebrew shophar "ram's horn," related to Arabic sawafiru "ram's horns," Akkadian shapparu "wild goat."

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