Hebrew: גֹּ֫פֶר —transliteration of the equivalent letters G P R: gopher
This is a word of uncertain meaning and derivation. Moses, the author of Genesis, surely knew its meaning, but it has been lost to time. It certainly has nothing to do with a small burrowing rodent or a tunnelling tortise.
SEE: What is “GOPHER” wood?
Article Version: September 3, 2017