Chaldean

noun
Chal·​de·​an | \ kal-ˈdē-ən How to pronounce Chaldean (audio) , kȯl-, käl-\

Definition of Chaldean

1a : a member of an ancient Semitic people that became dominant in Babylonia
b : the Semitic language of the Chaldeans
2 : a person versed in the occult arts

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Chaldean adjective

First Known Use of Chaldean

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for Chaldean

Latin Chaldaeus Chaldean, astrologer, from Greek Chaldaios, from Chaldaia Chaldea, region of ancient Babylonia

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Chaldae-Pahlavi

Chaldaic

Chaldea

Chaldean

Chaldee

chalder

chaldron

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