Ishmaelite

[ish-mee-uh-lahyt, -mey-uh-, -muh-]

Origin of Ishmaelite

First recorded in 1570–80; Ishmael + -ite1
Related formsIsh·ma·el·it·ish, adjective
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Ishmaelite

noun
  1. a supposed descendant of Ishmael; a member of a desert people of Old Testament times
  2. rare an outcast
Derived FormsIshmaelitism, noun
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