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- n. An idol or other image of reverence and divination among the ancient Hebrews; apparently especially a kind of household god.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Images connected with the magical rites used by those Israelites who added corrupt practices to the patriarchal religion. Teraphim were consulted by the Israelites for oracular answers.
From ecclesiastical Latin theraphim, from Ancient Greek θεραφίν (theraphin), from Hebrew תְּרָפִים (t'rafím, "household gods"), perhaps from Jewish Aramaic. (Wiktionary)