Anakim

plural noun

An·​a·​kim
ˈanəˌkim
: aboriginal giants reported in the Old Testament to have inhabited southern Palestine before the Hebrews entered the land and virtually annihilated them

Word History

Etymology

Hebrew ʽănāqīm, plural of ʽănāq

First Known Use

1621, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Anakim was in 1621

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“Anakim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Anakim. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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