n. "A creature of Jewish medieval folklore, a golem is a figure made into the form of a human and given life." (JPS)
"Early on, the idea developed that the main disability of the golem was its inability to speak."
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
Heb גולם golem 'amorphous mass, form', Yiddish גולם goylem 'dummy; fool'
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- North America
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
- Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
- Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
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