• WordNet 3.6
    • n Bedouin a member of a nomadic tribe of Arabs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest item on any menu in the world is probably the roast camel, sometimes served at Bedouin wedding feasts. The camel is stuffed with a sheep's carcass, which is stuffed with chickens, which are stuffed with fish, which are stuffed with eggs.
    • n Bedouin One of the nomadic Arabs who live in tents, and are scattered over Arabia, Syria, and northern Africa, esp. in the deserts.
    • a Bedouin Pertaining to the Bedouins; nomad.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: OK is the most successful of all Americanisms. It has invaded hundreds of other languages and been adopted by them as a word. Mencken claims that US troops deployed overseas during WWII found it already in use by Bedouins in the Sahara to the Japanese in the Pacific. It was also the fourth word spoken on the surface of the moon. It stands for oll korrect, a misspelling of all correct.
    • n Bedouin An Arab of the desert; one of the nomadic Arabs, divided into many tribes, who live in tents, rear flocks and herds, especially of camels, and are scattered over Arabia, parts of Syria, and Egypt and other parts of Africa. Also Bedawi, plural Bedawin.
    • n Bedouin A vagabond boy; a street Arab.
    • Bedouin Relating to the Bedouins.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bedouin bed′ōō-in the name given to those Arabs who live in tents and lead a nomadic life.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. bédouin, OF. béduin, fr. Ar. bedawī, rural, living in the desert, fr. badw, desert, fr. badā, to live in the desert, to lead a nomadic life
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—Ar. bādāwin, dwellers in the desert.


In literature:

Even the scattered Bedouin received the conqueror's flattering attentions with ever lessening distrust.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Perhaps the bedouins were not either.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
Never did the Bedouin of the Desert long after Mecca with more heart-straining desire.
"The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
The Bedouins had, however, disappeared, but a collection was made in their behalf by several demure-looking young men.
"An Englishman in Paris" by Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
The bedouin have slaves but fail to prosper.
"Black Man's Burden" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Woman the homekeeper must of course be affected by this Bedouin manner of life.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
The bedouin had put the desert behind him and stared at another, the sea.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
Bashkirs with bow and arrow, Bedouins in white cloaks with brass-hilted swords.
"The Golden Age in Transylvania" by Mór Jókai
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
They are held in reverence by the Bedouins.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various

In poetry:

Crouched by my clothes
Fouled with war, I inclined
My head, like a Bedouin,
To receive the sun.
"Rivers" by Giuseppe Ungaretti
And many a bearded Bedouin draws back his
yellow-striped burnous
To gaze upon the Titan thews of him who was
thy paladin.
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
Here in the dark I roam so blindly--
How cunning is the North, and cold!
Oh, for the East, the warm and kindly,
To sing and ride, a Bedouin bold!
"Had I At Mecca's Gate Been Nourished" by Hermann Ferdinand Freiligrath
Toward the unknown, not day, not death,
They merely look.
A Bedouin stands among the white thorns
The gods the suns the mirages
Not even a fire, not even a seedling, a prayer
In the deserted dim brown city of my eyes
"The Bedouin" by Edip Canserver
And the stillness was unbroken, save at moments by a cry
From some stray belated vulture sailing blackly down the sky,
Or the snortings of a sleeping steed at waters fancy-seen,
Or the hurried warlike mutterings of some dreaming Bedouin.
"The Spectre-Caravan" by Hermann Ferdinand Freiligrath

In news:

Egyptian security officials say they will not give in to demands of a Bedouin man who took two Americans and their local translator hostage in the Sinai Peninsula.
A Bedouin walks on Mount Moses in the Sinai Peninsula.
The legendary Lady Hester Stanhope roamed the Syrian highlands with her Bedouin lover.
Egypt's new defense minister is vowing to crack down on militants in the largely lawless Sinai Peninsula, offering to pay Bedouins to collect weapons.
According to Bedouin elders and security experts, militants have discreetly established training camps near the Israeli border.
One of our Bedouin drivers in Wadi Rum also served us tea and dinner at the campsite and stayed there with us.
Bedouin kidnappers want the release of a relative held on drug charges.
A public area at 1000 Nights Camp, a Bedouin-style resort, in the Sharqiya Sands desert in Oman .
A Bedouin-style resort in the Sharqiya Sands desert, where guests can experience its tranquility and splendor.
Abdullah El Amri, a Bedouin guide, sits on a sand dune at sunset.
The Uprising of the Bedouin.
Bedouin's World Now: House and a Pickup Truck .
Hale-Bopp Was The Bedouins 09.
Emerging Poets Showcase Their Work at Bedouin Books.
Her work since 2010 might well stir some further interest in aspects of Bedouin culture, writes Marcel Kurpershoek Read Article Using poetry to take a stanza.

In science:

HGDP sub-Saharan African populations (7 populations; Yoruba, San, Mbuti Pygmy, Mandenka, Biaka Pygmy, Bantu South Africa, Bantu Kenya; Figure 5B) and eight populations spread over the entire globe (Bantu Kenya, French, Bedouin, Cambodian, Japanese, Uygur, Colombian, Papuan; Figure 5C).
Robust identification of local adaptation from allele frequencies