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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.
Also, shophar.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < Hebrew shōphār
Can be confused
chauffeur, shofar.
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British Dictionary definitions for shofroth

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 shofroth

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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Encyclopedia Article for shofroth

shofar

a ritual musical instrument, made from the horn of a ram or other animal, used on important Jewish public and religious occasions. In biblical times the shofar sounded the Sabbath, announced the New Moon, and proclaimed the anointing of a new king. This latter custom has been preserved in modern Israel at the swearing in of the president of the state

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