Sabaean

[suh-bee-uh n]

Sabean

or Sa·bae·an

[suh-bee-uh n]
adjective
  1. of or relating to Saba.
noun
  1. an inhabitant of Saba.

Origin of Sabean

1580–90; < Latin sabae(us) (< Greek sabaîos of Saba or Sheba) + -an
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Sabaean

Sabean

noun
  1. an inhabitant or native of ancient Saba
  2. the ancient Semitic language of Saba
adjective
  1. of or relating to ancient Saba, its inhabitants, or their language

Word Origin for Sabaean

C16: from Latin Sabaeus, from Greek Sabaios belonging to Saba (Sheba)
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Word Origin and History for sabaean

Sabean

n.

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.

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