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lost tribes

noun
1.
the members of the ten tribes of ancient Israel who were taken into captivity in 722 b.c. by Sargon II of Assyria and are believed never to have returned to Palestine. II Kings 17:1–23.
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Examples from the Web for lost tribes
Historical Examples
  • Subsequently they disappeared so completely as to be called the lost tribes.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • They're the lost tribes, or something like it, and they've grown to be English.

  • Europe has not escaped the imputation of being the refuge of the lost tribes.

  • We, as the lost tribes, have indeed been ignorant of our origin and destiny.

  • The present location of the lost tribes has not been accurately revealed.

    The Articles of Faith James E. Talmage
  • It is no matter which path the lost tribes travelled to get here.

    Oak Openings James Fenimore Cooper
  • The ten lost tribes were not lost, as is often popularly supposed to have been the case.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
  • She says we're the lost tribes of the house of Israel and the chosen people of God.

    O'Flaherty V. C. George Bernard Shaw
  • It purported to be a history of the peopling of America by the lost tribes of Israel.

    The Story of Cooperstown Ralph Birdsall
  • Did you ever observe one of the descendants of the lost tribes who inhabit Chatham street dreamily waiting for a passing rustic?

British Dictionary definitions for lost tribes

lost tribes

plural noun
1.
(Old Testament) the lost tribes, the ten tribes deported from the N kingdom of Israel in 721 bc and believed never to have returned to Palestine
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