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Bed·ou·inalso Bed·u·in (bĕd′o͞o-ĭn, bĕd′wĭn)
n. pl. Bedouin or Bed·ou·ins also Beduin or Be·du·ins
An Arab of any of the nomadic tribes of the Arabian, Syrian, Nubian, or Sahara Deserts.
[Middle English Bedoin, from Old French beduin, from Arabic badāwīyīn, pl. of badawī, nomadic, from badw, desert nomads, Bedouins; see bdw in Semitic roots.]
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npl -ins or -in
1. (Peoples) a member of any of the nomadic tribes of Arabs inhabiting the deserts of Arabia, Jordan, and Syria, as well as parts of the Sahara
2. a wanderer or rover
3. (Peoples) of or relating to the Bedouins
4. wandering or roving
[C14: from Old French beduin, from Arabic badāwi, plural of badwi, from badw desert]
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or Bed•u•in(ˈbɛd u ɪn, ˈbɛd wɪn)
n., pl. -ins, (esp. collectively) -in.
1. an Arab of the deserts of SW Asia and N Africa, traditionally tent-dwelling and dependent on animal herds for subsistence.
2. a nomad; wanderer.
[1350–1400; Middle English Bedoyn < Middle French beduyn < Arabic badawī desert-dweller =badw desert + -ī suffix of appurtenance]
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|Noun||1.||Bedouin - a member of a nomadic tribe of Arabs|
Arab, Arabian - a member of a Semitic people originally from the Arabian peninsula and surrounding territories who speaks Arabic and who inhabits much of the Middle East and northern Africa
nomad - a member of a people who have no permanent home but move about according to the seasons
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A. ADJ → beduino
B. N (Bedouin or Bedouins (pl)) → beduino/a m/f
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Bedouin[ˈbɛdʊɪn] n & adj → beduino/a
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