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In many posts and online articles, I come across the usage of "eipher". But, I could not get the meaning or history of this word from any sources.

The word "eipher" results many Google search results, but nothing useful found.

Examples:

Other telegrams in eipher say the rumor is current that he has been strangled. Source: https://www.nytimes.com/1876/06/01/archives/latent-news-by-cable-the-turkish-revolution-rumored-death-of-abdul.html

It grids us with the belt of wisdom, and imparts to us the eipher of life. Source: "Bible Gems" book. Page 108 https://books.google.ae/books?id=hpFfF3K4Wg4C&pg=PA108&lpg=PA108&dq=eipher&source=bl&ots=N3XUTXI_3O&sig=ACfU3U0m4ImKhZQHMwY6cny2I7ghRlPbVg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiL5_e5zPvzAhWLnRQKHd8fD004WhDoAXoECAkQAw#v=onepage&q=eipher&f=false

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  • Please include some examples of the use of the word, with citations. Nov 3 at 6:37
  • Updated in the question.
    – theKing
    Nov 3 at 6:50
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    I'd say that the second example is almost certainly an OCR error and should be cipher. The first is behind a paywall but from context would also seem intended to be cipher. Nov 3 at 7:19
  • Note that searching Google isn't going to help verify anything, other than finding that many have made the same mistake.
    – Andrew Leach
    Nov 3 at 8:09
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    In the Bible Gems example, it's easy to see how such an OCR error could occur; compare other Cs near the right margin where the scan is blurred. Nov 3 at 13:10
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These are both OCR errors where the letter c has been confused with e, possibly due to a poor original sample.

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  • Yes, a quick look at Bible Gems reveals the word "gird," not grid, and the C in cipher is right there, too. Nov 3 at 16:15

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