One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A term for hell.
the netherworld, the abode of the dead, the land of the dead, the infernal regions, the inferno, the nether regions, the abyssView synonyms
- ‘Now it is good for nothing, but to cumber the ground, and furnish fuel for Tophet.’
Late Middle English: from Hebrew tōp̱eṯ, the name of a place in the Valley of Hinnom near Jerusalem used for idolatrous worship, including the sacrifice of children (see Jer. 19:6), and later for burning refuse.
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