Semitic
I. adjective Etymology: German semitisch, from Semit, Semite Semite, probably from New Latin Semita, from Late Latin Semitic Shem Date: 1813 1. of, relating to, or constituting a subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic language family that includes Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic, and Amharic 2. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Semites 3. Jewish II. noun Date: 1831 any or all of the Semitic languages

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