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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 sabeans

Historical Examples

  • These poor Sabeans did even what he does,—in their own fashion.

    Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History

    Thomas Carlyle

  • He began by attacking Job's property, which the Sabeans carry off.

    The Bible Unveiled

    M. M. Mangasarian

  • She belonged to that southern branch of the family known as the Sabeans.

    Oriental Women

    Edward Bagby Pollard

  • Some think that the Sabeans from Arabia worked these about 3,000 years ago.

  • Abraham grew up among the Sabeans, who were star worshippers and believers in the eternity of the world.

Word Origin and History for sabeans



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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