/am"euh lek'uyt, euh mal"i kuyt'/, n., pl. Amalekites, (esp. collectively) Amalekite, adj.
1. a member of the tribe of Amalek. Gen. 36:12.
2. of or pertaining to the Amalekites.
[ < Heb 'amaleq AMALEK + -ITE1]

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▪ ancient tribe
      member of an ancient nomadic tribe, or collection of tribes, described in the Old Testament as relentless enemies of Israel, even though they were closely related to Ephraim, one of the 12 tribes of Israel. The district over which they ranged was south of Judah and probably extended into northern Arabia. The Amalekites harassed the Hebrews during their Exodus from Egypt and attacked them at Rephidim near Mount Sinai, where they were defeated by Joshua. They were among the nomadic raiders defeated by Gideon and were condemned to annihilation by Samuel. Their final defeat occurred in the time of Hezekiah.

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