cor·ban (kôrbən, -băn′)
A sacrifice made to God by the ancient Hebrews at the Temple in Jerusalem.
[Middle English, from Late Latin, from Greek korbān, from Hebrew qorbān, from qārab, to approach; see qrb in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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