Definition of gopher wood in English:

gopher wood


  • 1[mass noun] (in biblical use) the timber from which Noah's ark was made, from an unidentified tree (Gen. 6:14).

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Make yourself an ark of gopherwood, put various compartments in it, and cover it inside and out with pitch.’
    • ‘Gopher wood or gopherwood is a term used once in the Bible, for a type of wood whose identity is unknown.’
    • ‘No mention was made of gopherwood, nor how they expect that this was done with crude hand tools and carpentry.’
    • ‘It was made of a special wood, called gopher wood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All his neighbors laughed at him and all that gopher wood and pitch sure cost a lot of money but Noah obeyed.’
  • 2Either of two North American trees.

    • ‘Although cypress wood is often used in the place of gopherwood the two terms are not equivalent.’
    • ‘The gopher wood has a wide range of applications.’


Early 17th century: gopher from Hebrew gōp̱er.