Pronunciation: (u-shēr'u), [key]
—pl. A•she•rimPronunciation: (u-shēr'im), [key] A•she•rahs for 2.
1. an ancient Semitic goddess, sometimes identified with Ashtoreth and Astarte, worshiped by the Phoenicians and Canaanites.
2. any of various upright wooden objects serving as a sacred symbol of Asherah.
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