One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Chiefly in plural A member of an ancient people who inhabited the south-western part of the Arabian peninsula and ruled much of southern Arabia until the 6th cent.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Purchas (bap. 1577, d. 1626), geographical editor and compiler and Church of England clergyman. From classical Latin Homeritae, plural (Pliny) and its etymon Hellenistic Greek Ὁμηρῖται, plural; compare -ite. Compare French Homerite.
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