Semite

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See also: semite and sémite

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Etymology[edit]

French sémite, from Late Latin Sem, from Ancient Greek Σημ (Sēm), from Classical Hebrew שם (šēm).

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Semite (plural Semites)

  1. A member of any of a number of peoples of ancient southwestern Asia and East Africa such as the Akkadians, Assyrians, Arameans, Phoenicians, Canaanites, Hebrews, Arabs and Aksumites.
  2. A descendant of any of these peoples.
  3. A member of a modern people that speak a Semitic language.
  4. A descendant of the biblical Patriarch Shem.

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