plural nounsing. ter′aph
small images or other things representing household gods, used among ancient Semitic peoples
Origin of teraphimMiddle English theraphym from Ecclesiastical Late Latin theraphim from Ecclesiastical Greek theraphin from Classical Hebrew (language) terafim
(plural or indefinite)
- sometimes taken as singular:
- An idol or other image of reverence and divination among the ancient Hebrews; apparently especially a kind of household god.