One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, belonging, or relating to Canaan or the Canaanites; = "Canaanite".
A Semitic language or alphabet used in ancient Canaan; especially (in early use) the language of the Canaanites; (now chiefly) a subdivision of the West Semitic language group which includes Hebrew, Moabite, and Phoenician. Now usually called Canaanite.
Mid 18th century. Partly from the name of Canaan + -itic.
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