Ishmaelite

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Ish·ma·el·ite

 (ĭsh′mē-ə-līt′, -mā-)
n.
1. A descendant of Ishmael.
2. An outcast.

Ish′ma·el·it′ism n.

Ishmaelite

(ˈɪʃmeɪəˌlaɪt)
n
1. (Bible) a supposed descendant of Ishmael; a member of a desert people of Old Testament times
2. rare an outcast
ˈIshmaelˌitism n

Ish•ma•el•ite

(ˈɪʃ mi əˌlaɪt, -meɪ ə-, -mə-)

n.
1. a member of a Biblical people descended from Ishmael, who is regarded in Muslim tradition as the progenitor of the Arabs.
[1570–80]