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Ishmaelite

[ ish-mee-uh-lahyt, -mey-uh-, -muh- ]
/ ˈɪʃ mi əˌlaɪt, -meɪ ə-, -mə- /
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noun
a descendant of Ishmael, the traditional ancestor of the Arab peoples.
a wanderer or outcast.
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Origin of Ishmaelite

First recorded in 1570–80; Ishmael + -ite1

OTHER WORDS FROM Ishmaelite

Ish·ma·el·it·ish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Ishmaelite

Ishmaelite
/ (ˈɪʃmeɪəˌlaɪt) /

noun
a supposed descendant of Ishmael; a member of a desert people of Old Testament times
rare an outcast

Derived forms of Ishmaelite

Ishmaelitism, noun
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