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Ca'naanites, The. A word used in two senses:

1. A tribe which inhabited a particular locality of the land, west of the Jordan, before the conquest; and

2. The people who inhabited, generally, the whole of that country.

3. In Genesis 10:18-20, the seats of the Canaanite tribe are given as, on the seashore and in the Jordan valley; compare Joshua 11:3.

4. Applied as a general name, to the non-Israelite inhabitants of the land, as we have already seen was the case with "Canaan." Instances of this are, Genesis 12:6; Numbers 21:3. The Canaanites were descendants of Canaan. Their language was very similar to the Hebrew. The Canaanites were probably given to commerce; and thus, the name became, probably, in later times, an occasional synonym for a merchant.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Canaanites The'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​sbd/​c/canaanites-the.html. 1901.
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