a member of any of the peoples speaking a Semitic language, including the Hebrews
, Arabs, Assyrians, Phoenicians, etc.
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Word origin of 'Semite'ModL Semita < LL(Ec) Sem, Shem < Gr (Ec) Sem < Heb shem, a son of Noah (Gen.7:13)