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or Sa·bae·an

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

1580–90; < Latin sabae(us) (< Greek sabaîos of Saba or Sheba) + -an
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Examples from the Web for sabean

Historical Examples

  • Milton says, 'Sabean odors from the spicy shores of Araby the blest.'

    Asiatic Breezes

    Oliver Optic

  • Once plundered by Sabean force, Some cald it war but others worse.

    The Hardy Country

    Charles G. Harper

  • The Sabean Arabs, did not give the human figure to the stars.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)

    Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

Word Origin and History for sabean



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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper