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.