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In Jewish folklore, an artificially created human supernaturally endowed with life.

[Hebrew gōlem, lump, clod, fool, from gālam, to wrap up; see glm in Semitic roots.]
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(Non-European Myth & Legend) (in Jewish legend) an artificially created human being brought to life by supernatural means
[from Yiddish goylem, from Hebrew gōlem formless thing]
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(ˈgoʊ ləm, -lɛm)

(in Jewish folklore) a figure artificially constructed in the form of a human being and endowed with life.
[1895–1900; (< Yiddish goylem) < Hebrew gōlem shapeless thing]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.golem - (Jewish folklore) an artificially created human being that is given life by supernatural meansgolem - (Jewish folklore) an artificially created human being that is given life by supernatural means
folklore - the unwritten lore (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
mythical being - an imaginary being of myth or fable
2.golem - a mechanism that can move automaticallygolem - a mechanism that can move automatically
android, humanoid, mechanical man - an automaton that resembles a human being
mechanism - device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
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References in periodicals archive ?
The golem of Prague, the guardian of Bohemian Jewry, may have inspired Czech playwright Karel Capek's R.U.R., the play that gave us the word "robot."
The legend of the Golem of Prague has endured through the ages -- a creature fashioned by a 16th Century rabbi to protect his congregation, now lying dormant in the garret of a synagogue.
But what he doesn't initially know is that the murders have awakened a mythic semihuman monster--the Golem of Prague, first created out of mud by a late 16th-century mystic rabbi to protect his community from persecution and then stored in the attic of Prague's Old-New Synagogue--bent on achieving justice.
The legend of the Golem of Prague involves the 16th-century Maharal, also known as Judah Loew, a powerful rabbi who created a golem (the word derives from the Hebrew for unshaped form) to defend the ghetto from pogroms.
relate the actual Golem of Prague legend: "as the grim serpent of