Sem|ite «SEHM yt, SEE myt», noun.
1. a member of the ancient and modern peoples speaking any of the Semitic languages. The ancient Hebrews, Phoenicians, and Assyrians were Semites. Arabs and Jews are sometimes called Semites.
2. a descendant of Shem.
[< New Latin Semita < Late Latin Sēm Shem < Greek S]

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