Rech·​ab·​ite | \ ˈrekəˌbīt \
plural -s

Definition of Rechabite

1 : a member of a family group in ancient Israel that lived in tents rather than in houses and abstained from drinking wine
2 : an abstainer from intoxicating drinks especially : a member of a benefit society founded in England in 1835 and dedicated to total abstinence
3 : one who lives in tents

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History and Etymology for Rechabite

Late Latin Rechabitae (plural), from Hebrew Rēkhābh Rechab, ancestor of the family (Jeremiah 35:2) + Latin -ita -ite

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“Rechabite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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