Shem
noun Etymology: Hebrew Shēm Date: before 12th century the eldest son of Noah held to be the progenitor of the Semitic peoples

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  • Shem — (Hebrew Name|שֵׁם|Šem|Šēm ; Greek: Σημ, Sēm ; Arabic: ar. سام ; Ge ez: ሴም, Sēm ; renown; prosperity; name ) was one of the sons of Noah in the Bible. He is most popularly regarded as the eldest son, though some traditions regard him as the second …   Wikipedia

  • SHEM — (Heb. שֵׁם), eldest son of Noah, father of the Semitic peoples, including the Hebrew people. The meaning of the name is uncertain. It is possibly to be explained as Hebrew, meaning fame, name, appellation. The Akkadian šumu, which is the same… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Shem — /shem/, n. the eldest of the three sons of Noah. Gen. 10:21. * * * (as used in expressions) baal shem Baal Shem tov Moses ben Shem Tov * * * …   Universalium

  • Shem — [shem] n. [Heb shem] Bible the eldest of Noah s three sons: Gen. 5:32 …   English World dictionary

  • Shem — • Son of Noe Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • SHEM — Société hydroélectrique du Midi Société hydroélectrique du Midi Activité(s) Producteur d électricité …   Wikipédia en Français

  • shem — (as used in expressions) baal shem Baal Shem tov Moses ben Shem Tov …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • shem — baal·shem; shem·ite; shem·it·ish; …   English syllables

  • Shem —    A name; renown, the first mentioned of the sons of Noah (Gen. 5:32; 6:10). He was probably the eldest of Noah s sons. The words brother of Japheth the elder in Gen. 10:21 are more correctly rendered the elder brother of Japheth, as in the… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Shem — 1. Ignorant or stupid person. Very harsh connotations. 2. Someone who acts impulsively without thinking, usually making an ass of themselves. Chris is such a shem, he sits in front of his computer drooling and typing with one finger all day …   Dictionary of american slang

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