[soo-meer-ee-uh n, -mer-]
- of or relating to Sumer, its people, or their language.
- a native or inhabitant of Sumer.
- a language of unknown affinities that was the language of the Sumerians and had, in the late 4th and 3rd millenniums b.c., a well-developed literature that is preserved in pictographic and cuneiform writing and represents the world's oldest extant written documents.
Origin of Sumerian
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Examples from the Web for sumerian
The name Easter may, or may not, be derived from the Sumerian goddess Inanna, or Ishtar—the source of the Hebrew name Esther.Meet Krampus, the Seriously Bad Santa
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In Sumerian culture, beer is referenced on the earliest recovered tablet.5 Pioneering Ways to Cook with Beer
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The name Eve is derived from a Sumerian pun on the word for rib.The Truth About Genesis
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According to our Sumerian text he reigned in Erech for a hundred years.
We fortunately possess an instructive Sumerian parallel to our passage.
For we have now recovered some of those originals, and they are not Semitic but Sumerian.
Changes in the manner of reading the Sumerian names are frequent.
There is as yet no evidence that the Canaanites were of the Sumerian stock.
- a member of a people who established a civilization in Sumer during the 4th millennium bc
- the extinct language of this people, of no known relationship to any other language
- of or relating to ancient Sumer, its inhabitants, or their language or civilization
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Word Origin and History for sumerian
1874, from French Sumérien (1872), from Sumer, name of a district in ancient Babylonia.
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