A trumpet made of a ram's horn, blown by the ancient Hebrews during religious ceremonies and as a signal in battle, now sounded in the synagogue during Rosh Hashanah and at the end of Yom Kippur.
A ram's horn used in ancient times as a signaling trumpet, and still blown in synagogues on Rosh Hashana and at the end of Yom Kippur.
Origin of shofar
- Hebrew šôpār ram's horn, shofar Akkadian sappāru, šappāru fallow deer, and sappartu tip of an animal's horn from Sumerian šegbar fallow deer
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From the Hebrew שׁוֹפָר (shofár, “shofar")