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 Sheet Anchor.Sheki’nah (shachan, to reside). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Sheik (Arabic, elder).
A title of respect equal to the Italian signo’re, the French sieur, Spanish senor, etc. There are seven sheiks in the East, all said to be direct descendants of Mahomet, and they all reside at Mecca.   1

 Sheet Anchor.Sheki’nah (shachan, to reside). 

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