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or Sabaean

[suh-bee-uh n] /səˈbi ən/
of or relating to Saba.
an inhabitant of Saba.
Origin of Sabean
1580-90; < Latin sabae(us) (< Greek sabaîos of Saba or Sheba) + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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inhabitant of the region of Arabia now known as Yemen, from Latin Sabaeus, from Greek Sabaios "the people of Saba," the region's capital city, from Arabic Saba'. In ancient times it was an important transit point for spices, perfumes, precious stones, etc., imported to Europe from India.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sabeans in the Bible

descendants of Seba (Gen. 10:7); Africans (Isa. 43:3). They were "men of stature," and engaged in merchandise (Isa. 45:14). Their conversion to the Lord was predicted (Ps. 72:10). This word, in Ezek. 23:42, should be read, as in the margin of the Authorized Version, and in the Revised Version, "drunkards." Another tribe, apparently given to war, is mentioned in Job 1:15.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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