E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Pertaining to Shem, descendant of Shem, derived from Shem.
The Shemitic languages are Chaldee, Syriac, Arabic, Hebrew, Samaritan, Ethiopic, and old Phnician. The great characteristic of this family of languages is that the roots of words consist of three consonants.
Shemitic nations or Shemites (2 syl.). (See above.)