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An ancient tribe in northwest Arabia, said in the Hebrew Scriptures to be descendants of Abraham.

[Hebrew midyān; see dyn in Semitic roots.]

Mid′i·an·ite′ adj. & n.
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(ˈmɪd i əˌnaɪt)

(in the Bible) a member of a pastoral people of NW Arabia, said to be descendants of Midian.
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