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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Anakim  \An"a*kim\,  Anaks  \A"naks\,  n.  pl  [Heb.]  (Bibl.) 
  A  race  of  giants  living  in  Palestine. 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  the  descendants  of  Anak  (Josh.  11:21;  Num.  13:33;  Deut.  9:2). 
  They  dwelt  in  the  south  of  Palestine,  in  the  neighbourhood  of 
  Hebron  (Gen.  23:2;  Josh.  15:13).  In  the  days  of  Abraham  (Gen. 
  14:5,  6)  they  inhabited  the  region  afterwards  known  as  Edom  and 
  Moab,  east  of  the  Jordan.  They  were  probably  a  remnant  of  the 
  original  inhabitants  of  Palestine  before  the  Canaanites,  a 
  Cushite  tribe  from  Babel,  and  of  the  same  race  as  the 
  Phoenicians  and  the  Egyptian  shepherd  kings.  Their  formidable 
  warlike  appearance,  as  described  by  the  spies  sent  to  search  the 
  land,  filled  the  Israelites  with  terror.  They  seem  to  have 
  identified  them  with  the  Nephilim,  the  giants"  (Gen.  6:4;  Num. 
  13:33)  of  the  antediluvian  age.  There  were  various  tribes  of 
  Anakim  (Josh.  15:14).  Joshua  finally  expelled  them  from  the 
  land,  except  a  remnant  that  found  a  refuge  in  the  cities  of 
  Gaza,  Gath,  and  Ashdod  (Josh.  11:22).  The  Philistine  giants  whom 
  David  encountered  (2  Sam.  21:15-22)  were  descendants  of  the 
  Anakim.  (See  {GIANTS}.)