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A native or inhabitant of the ancient city of Nineveh, capital of Assyria from the reign of Sennacherib (704–681 b.c.) until its sack in 612 b.c.
Of, relating to, or designating the Ninevites or their culture.
Old English; earliest use found in Wulfstan. From post-classical Latin Ninivita, noun and adjective (Vulgate; Hellenistic Greek Νινευῖται, plural (New Testament)) from Ninive Nineveh (Vulgate; Hellenistic Greek Νινευή (Septuagint), Hebrew Nīnĕwēh) + -ita. With use as adjective compare French ninivite.
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