One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of food) not satisfying the requirements of Jewish law.‘I asked her if she ever ate food that was trayf’
- ‘Foods that are not acceptable (termed trefa) include pork, fish that do not have scales and fins (like lobster or shrimp), and meals that combine meat and dairy products.’
- ‘Delineated in the Book of Leviticus and dating back to 1200 B.C.E., kashrut is a system of food laws for eating kosher foods and avoiding trefa foods.’
- ‘The word most commonly used to designate any non-kosher food is trayf - meaning torn.’
Mid 19th century: from Hebrew ṭĕrēp̱āh ‘the flesh of an animal torn or mauled’, from ṭārap̱ ‘rend’.
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