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From Hebrew אוֹפִיר‎. Mentioned as a place in the Bible;[1] modern scholars have been unable to determine where it was located.

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  1. (historical, Christianity) A city or region mentioned in the Bible, famous for its gold.
    • 1831, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Romance and Reality. [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, [], →OCLC, page 142:
      However, September came, and with it my second brother; and his companion for the shooting season was the young, handsome, and lively Henry O'Byrne, descended from kings whose crown was old enough to have been made of the gold of Ophir.
  2. A locality in Cabonne Council, New South Wales, Australia.
  3. A sparsely populated farming community in Algoma District, Ontario, Canada.
  4. A small settlement in Central Otago, New Zealand.
  5. A ghost town in Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska.
  6. An unincorporated community in Placer County, California.
  7. A town and home rule municipality of San Miguel County, Colorado.
  8. An unincorporated community in Morgan County, Kentucky.
  9. An unincorporated community in Curry County, Oregon.
  10. A tiny town in Tooele County, Utah; suburb of Salt Lake City.

Related terms[edit]

  1. Ofir, a beach located in Esposende, Braga district, Portugal.


  1. ^ The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], 1611, →OCLC, 1 Kings 9:28: “And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to King Solomon.”.

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