Asherah @ and pl. Asherim in Revised Version, instead of "grove" and "groves" of the Authorized Version. This was the name of a sensual Canaanitish goddess Astarte, the feminine of the Assyrian Ishtar. Its symbol was the stem of a tree deprived of its boughs, and rudely shaped into an image, and planted in the ground. Such religious symbols ("groves") are frequently alluded to in Scripture Exodus:34:13; Judges:6:25; 2Kings:23:6; kjvKings:16:33, etc.). These images were also sometimes made of silver or of carved stone ( 2Kings:21:7; "the graven image of Asherah," R.V.). (See GROVE .).