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

Word History


Hebrew Shēm

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Shem was before the 12th century

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“Shem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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