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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.]


(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]


(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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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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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.
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