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Sinai

[sahy-nahy, sahy-nee-ahy] /ˈsaɪ naɪ, ˈsaɪ niˌaɪ/
noun
1.
Also called Sinai Peninsula. a peninsula in NE Egypt, at the N end of the Red Sea between the Gulfs of Suez and Aqaba. 230 miles (370 km) long.
2.
Mount, the mountain, in S Sinai, of uncertain identity, on which Moses received the law. Ex.
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Sinaitic
[sahy-nee-it-ik] /ˌsaɪ niˈɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
Sinaic
[si-ney-ik] /sɪˈneɪ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Sinaitic

/ˌsaɪnɪˈɪtɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the Sinai Peninsula
2.
of or relating to Mount Sinai

Sinai

/ˈsaɪnaɪ; ˈsaɪnɪˌaɪ/
noun
1.
a mountainous peninsula of NE Egypt at the N end of the Red Sea, between the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba: occupied by Israel in 1967; fully restored by 1982
2.
Mount Sinai, the mountain where Moses received the Law from God (Exodus 19–20): often identified as Jebel Musa, sometimes as Jebel Serbal, both on the S Sinai Peninsula
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Sinai

the mountain is perhaps named for Sin, a moon goddess worshipped by Sumerians, Akkadians, and ancient Arabs. As an adjectival form, Sinaic (1769), Sinaitic (1786).

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sinaitic in Culture
Sinai [(seye-neye)]

Peninsula in northeastern Egypt, bordered by the Gulf of Aqaba, an arm of the Red Sea, to the east, and the Gulf of Suez, another arm of the Red Sea, to the west.

Note: Sinai has been the scene of fighting during the Arab-Israeli conflict. Israel conquered and occupied Sinai in the Six-Day War but returned the region to Egypt in 1982.
Note: In the Bible, Moses received the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai.
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