Shem

noun
\ ˈshem How to pronounce Shem (audio) \

Definition of Shem

: the eldest son of Noah held to be the progenitor of the Semitic peoples

First Known Use of Shem

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Shem

Hebrew Shēm

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“Shem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Shem. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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