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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Arabia 
  n  :  a  peninsula  between  the  Red  Sea  and  the  Persian  Gulf; 
  strategically  important  for  its  oil  resources  [syn:  {Arabian 
  Peninsula},  {Arabia}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Arabia 
  arid,  an  extensive  region  in  the  south-west  of  Asia.  It  is 
  bounded  on  the  west  by  the  Isthmus  of  Suez  and  the  Red  Sea,  on 
  the  south  by  the  Indian  Ocean,  and  on  the  east  by  the  Persian 
  Gulf  and  the  Euphrates.  It  extends  far  into  the  north  in  barren 
  deserts,  meeting  those  of  Syria  and  Mesopotamia.  It  is  one  of 
  the  few  countries  of  the  world  from  which  the  original 
  inhabitants  have  never  been  expelled. 
 
  It  was  anciently  divided  into  three  parts:,  (1.)  Arabia  Felix 
  (Happy  Arabia),  so  called  from  its  fertility.  It  embraced  a 
  large  portion  of  the  country  now  known  by  the  name  of  Arabia. 
  The  Arabs  call  it  Yemen.  It  lies  between  the  Red  Sea  and  the 
  Persian  Gulf.  (2.)  Arabia  Deserta,  the  el-Badieh  or  "Great 
  Wilderness"  of  the  Arabs.  From  this  name  is  derived  that  which 
  is  usually  given  to  the  nomadic  tribes  which  wander  over  this 
  region,  the  "Bedaween,"  or  more  generally,  "Bedouin,"  (3.) 
  Arabia  Petraea  i.e.,  the  Rocky  Arabia,  so  called  from  its  rocky 
  mountains  and  stony  plains.  It  comprehended  all  the  north-west 
  portion  of  the  country,  and  is  much  better  known  to  travellers 
  than  any  other  portion.  This  country  is  however,  divided  by 
  modern  geographers  into  (1)  Arabia  Proper,  or  the  Arabian 
  Peninsula;  (2)  Northern  Arabia,  or  the  Arabian  Desert;  and  (3) 
  Western  Arabia,  which  includes  the  peninsula  of  Sinai  and  the 
  Desert  of  Petra,  originally  inhabited  by  the  Horites  (Gen.  14:6, 
  etc.),  but  in  later  times  by  the  descendants  of  Esau,  and  known 
  as  the  Land  of  Edom  or  Idumea,  also  as  the  Desert  of  Seir  or 
  Mount  Seir. 
 
  The  whole  land  appears  (Gen.  10)  to  have  been  inhabited  by  a 
  variety  of  tribes  of  different  lineage,  Ishmaelites,  Arabians, 
  Idumeans  Horites,  and  Edomites  but  at  length  becoming 
  amalgamated,  they  came  to  be  known  by  the  general  designation  of 
  Arabs.  The  modern  nation  of  Arabs  is  predominantly  Ishmaelite. 
  Their  language  is  the  most  developed  and  the  richest  of  all  the 
  Semitic  languages,  and  is  of  great  value  to  the  student  of 
  Hebrew. 
 
  The  Israelites  wandered  for  forty  years  in  Arabia.  In  the  days 
  of  Solomon,  and  subsequently,  commercial  intercourse  was  to  a 
  considerable  extent  kept  up  with  this  country  (1  Kings  10:15;  2 
  Chr.  9:14;  17:11).  Arabians  were  present  in  Jerusalem  at 
  Pentecost  (Acts  2:11).  Paul  retired  for  a  season  into  Arabia 
  after  his  conversion  (Gal.  1:17).  This  country  is  frequently 
  referred  to  by  the  prophets  (Isa.  21:11;  42:11;  Jer.  25:24, 
  etc.) 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Arabia,  evening;  desert;  ravens 
 




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