Amorite(redirected from Amorrhites)
A member of one of several ancient Semitic peoples primarily inhabiting Canaan, where they preceded the Israelites, and Babylonia.
[From Hebrew 'ĕmōrî, Amorite, from Akkadian amurrû, westerner, Amorite, from amurru, western geographical and tribal designation, perhaps from Sumerian martu, westerner, country to the west of Sumer.]
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1. a member of a culturally diverse population of western Semites prominent in the history of ancient Syria and adjacent areas, c2600–1200 b.c.
2. the language of this population.
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