Semite

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See also: semite and sémite

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Etymology[edit]

French sémite, from Late Latin, from Ancient Greek σημ (sêm), from Classical Hebrew שם (šēm, name), from Proto-Semitic *shem.

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Semite (plural Semites)

  1. A member of any of a number of peoples of ancient southwestern Asia including the Akkadians, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs.
  2. A descendant of these peoples.
  3. A member of a modern people speaking a Semitic language.
  4. A descendant of the biblical Patriarch Shem.

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