shibboleth

shibboleth (Shib´uh-lith; Heb., either “ear of grain” or “flood, torrent”)

The password required by Jephthah’s Gileadite sentries (Judg 12:6). Ephraimites retreating across the Jordan could only say “sibboleth,” and forty-two units were slain.

Judg 12:6

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