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Shibboleth

SHIBBOLETH (shĭb'bō-lĕth, Heb. shibbōleth, an ear of grain or a stream). A word that was differently pronounced on the two sides of the Jordan, and so was used by the men of Gilead under Jephthah as a test to determine whether the speaker was of Ephraim or not (Judg.12.5-Judg.12.6). This word is used proverbially today; e.g., “That was his Shibboleth.”