Nephite

noun

ˈnēˌfīt,
ˈneˌ-
plural -s
Mormonism
: a member of a people descended from Nephi, a son of the Jewish prophet Lehi who led a colony from Jerusalem to America about 600 b.c. organized as a church by the risen Christ, and exterminated by the Lamanites leaving the scriptures recorded in the Book of Mormon

Word History

Etymology

Nephi, son of the Jewish prophet Lehi in the Book of Mormon (1 Nephi 1) + English -ite

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“Nephite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Nephite. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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