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An extinct Semitic language spoken in ancient Sheba.


(səˈbiːən) or


1. (Historical Terms) an inhabitant or native of ancient Saba
2. (Peoples) an inhabitant or native of ancient Saba
3. (Historical Terms) the ancient Semitic language of Saba
4. (Languages) the ancient Semitic language of Saba
5. (Historical Terms) of or relating to ancient Saba, its inhabitants, or their language
6. (Placename) of or relating to ancient Saba, its inhabitants, or their language
7. (Peoples) of or relating to ancient Saba, its inhabitants, or their language
8. (Languages) of or relating to ancient Saba, its inhabitants, or their language
[C16: from Latin Sabaeus, from Greek Sabaios belonging to Saba (Sheba)]
References in classic literature ?
But one thing thou wilt not deny, Sancho; when thou camest close to her didst thou not perceive a Sabaean odour, an aromatic fragrance, a, I know not what, delicious, that I cannot find a name for; I mean a redolence, an exhalation, as if thou wert in the shop of some dainty glover?
They cover circumstantial clause linking in Egyptian Arabic narration, non-main clause combining in Damascene Arabic, the domain of verbal circumstantial clauses in classical Arabic, a clause combining approach to the verbal system of biblical Hebrew, circumstantial clause combining in the Jewish neo-Aramaic dialect of Zakho, the problem of circumstantial clause combining in Sabaean, and circumstantial clause combining in Old Babylonian Akkadian.
The mission was successful and the Sabaean king built three churches from his own resources.
It collapsed in the 6th century CE--the resulting flood is thought to have put an end to the Sabaean kingdom in Southern Arabia, easing the way for the rise of Mohammed's forces in 632 CE--but until recently, visitors could still view its structure, including its two monumental sluices.
5), which mentions names and places outside Arabia that are not recorded in other Sabaean inscriptions, as well as an otherwise undocumented war between the Chaldeans and the Ionians.
But the name has stuck because it has been fitting so many other ways-not least for the incomperabale heritage, from the great Sabaean civilizations to the current days, as well as the immense natural beauty of the land itself.
I crawled beneath the stone - wary of a 9ft cobra I was warned lives here - and came face to face with an inscription in Sabaean, the language that the Queen of Sheba would have spoken," Schofield told the Observer.
Between the 12th century BC and the 6th century AD, it was part of the Minaean, Sabaean, and Himyarite kingdoms, which controlled the lucrative spice trade, and later came under Ethiopian and Persian rule.
The first was the Sabaean or Sabaic consonantal alphabet that came from the Arabian Peninsula to ancient Ethiopia around the area of modern Eritrea, and which was carried by settlers from southwest Arabia.
Yet Yemen, situated on the south west corner of the Arabian Peninsula, cradled successive, significant civilisations: being ruled by Minean, Sabaean and Himyarite civilisations, each depending for their fabulous wealth on the incense trade.
He claimed to have been Joseph Halevy's guide on his journey to collect Sabaean inscriptions in Yemen and to have made many of the inscriptions for Halevy.
All will gain thrills treading on ground which is the site of the Sabaean dynasty of the time of the fabled Queen of Sheba.