noun Ca·na·nae·an \ˌkānəˈnēən, -ˌa-\
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\ˌkānəˈnēən, -ˌa-\

Definition of Cananaean



  1. :  a member of a Jewish sect that bitterly opposed the Roman domination of ancient Palestine :  zealot 1

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Origin and Etymology of cananaean

Late Latin Cananaeus (from Greek Kananaios, from Aramaic qan'ānā zealot) + English -an

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a trip made at another's expense

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