bedouin

noun, often capitalized bed·ou·in \ ˈbe-də-wən , -dü-ən , ˈbed-wən \
variants: or less commonly beduin

Definition of bedouin

plural bedouin or bedouins also beduin or beduins
: a nomadic Arab of the Arabian, Syrian, or northern African deserts

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Arabic-speaking desert nomads of the Middle East are known as bedouin. Ethnically, the bedouin are identical to other Arabs. Bedouin social rank is determined by the animals they herd: camel nomads are most prestigious, followed by sheep and goat herders, and finally cattle nomads. Traditionally, bedouin migrated into the desert during the rainy season and returned to cultivated areas during the dry season, but since World War II some national governments have nationalized their range lands and conflicts over land use have arisen, and many groups have settled. Most, however, retain pride in their nomadic heritage.

Origin and Etymology of bedouin

Middle English Bedoyne, from Middle French bedoïn, from Arabic badawī desert dweller, from badw desert, desert dwellers

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