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1mass noun (in biblical use) the timber from which Noah's ark was made, from an unidentified tree (Gen. 6:14).
- ‘It was made of a special wood, called gopher wood.’
- ‘Make yourself an ark of gopherwood, put various compartments in it, and cover it inside and out with pitch.’
- ‘With the search still underway twenty-five years later, another explorer reclaimed the mound near Dogubayazit as Noah's Ark, which according to him contained ‘trainloads’ of gopherwood.’
- ‘Make thee an ark of gopher wood.’
- ‘And coming right after creation, one researcher said that gopherwood was most likely of such a fine grain, it was a super wood, almost like stone.’
- ‘Gopher wood or gopherwood is a term used once in the Bible, for a type of wood whose identity is unknown.’
- ‘All his neighbors laughed at him and all that gopher wood and pitch sure cost a lot of money but Noah obeyed.’
- ‘No mention was made of gopherwood, nor how they expect that this was done with crude hand tools and carpentry.’
- ‘The visitors recognized the wood as gopherwood, despite the fact that the wood was ancient and apparently painted, and despite the fact that nobody knows what gopherwood is.’
2Either of two North American trees.
- ‘The gopher wood has a wide range of applications.’
- ‘Although cypress wood is often used in the place of gopherwood the two terms are not equivalent.’
Early 17th century: gopher from Hebrew gōp̱er.
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