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Shibboleth

Shibboleth shĭb´ōlĕth [key], in the Bible, test word that the Gileadites made the Ephraimites pronounce. As Ephraimites could not say sh but only s as in Sibboleth, this was regarded as a test of an Ephraimite 42,000 Ephraimites were thus detected.

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