One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An inhabitant of the ancient Nubian kingdom of Meroë in north-east Africa.
Mid 19th century. From classical Latin Meroē (from ancient Greek Μερόη, the name of a city of ancient Kush (now in Sudan) from Meroitic brdwy; compare Bagrawia, the name of the corresponding modern region in Sudan) + -ite.
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