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Ar·ab

[ar-uhb]
–noun
1.
a member of a Semitic people inhabiting Arabia and other countries of the Middle East.
2.
a member of any Arabic-speaking people.
4.
Now Offensive. a street peddler.
–adjective
6.
of or pertaining to Arabs.

Origin:
1625–35; back formation from L Arabs (taken as pl.) < Gk Áraps Arabian, an Arabian or Arab

anti-Arab, adjective, noun
non-Arab, noun, adjective
pro-Arab, adjective
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Arab.

Arabian horse

–noun
one of a breed of horses, raised originally in Arabia and adjacent countries, noted for intelligence, grace, and speed.
Also called Arab, Arabian.


Origin:
1730–40
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Word Origin & History

Arab
late 14c. (Arabiens), from O.Fr. Arabe, from L. Arabs (acc. Arabem), from Gk. Araps (gen. Arabos), from Arabic 'arab, indigenous name of the people, perhaps lit. "inhabitant of the desert" (rel. to Heb. arabha "desert"). Meaning "homeless little wanderer, child of the street" is from 1848, in ref. to nomadic ways. Arab League formed in Cairo, March 22, 1945.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Arab

ambush, a city in the mountains of Judah (Josh. 15:52), now Er-Rabiyeh.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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