2. [syn: Semite, Semitic]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Semitic \Sem*it"ic\, a.
Of or pertaining to Shem or his descendants; belonging to
that division of the Caucasian race which includes the Arabs,
Jews, and related races. [Written also Shemitic.]
Semitic language, a name used to designate a group of
Asiatic and African languages, some living and some dead,
namely: Hebrew and Ph[oe]nician, Aramaic, Assyrian,
Arabic, Ethiopic (Geez and Ampharic). --Encyc. Brit.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: of or relating to the group of Semitic languages;
"Semitic tongues have a complicated morphology"
2: of or relating to or characteristic of Semites; "Semite
peoples" [syn: Semite, Semitic]
n 1: a major branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family