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Initially, it denoted a ram's horn that was blown in celebration, then it came to label a 50th-year celebration. Now it denotes any time of rejoicing. What word is it?




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Answer: jubilee

The word jubilee derives from the Hebrew yobhel, ram's horn, but in Hebrew it came to denote a 50th-year celebration during which slaves were emancipated and lands sold to pay debts were restored to their original owners. Note that the word shofar also denotes "ram's horn."


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