Definition of Elamite in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈiːləmʌɪt


  • 1A native or inhabitant of ancient Elam.
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    • This new empire lasted until roughly 2000 when pressure from the Elamites and Amorites reached its culmination with the capture and devastation of Ur.
    • One could have sworn that all those Parthians, Medes, Mespotamians, Cappadocians, Elamites, Cretans, Arabians, etc, mentioned in the story of the first Pentecost, had descended on Ballina!
    • The Elamites apparently adopted the sexagesimal system from the Sumerians and only used a decimal notation when counting animals.
  • 2 [mass noun] The agglutinative language spoken in ancient Elam from the 3rd millennium to the 4th century bc, of which a few records in pictographic and cuneiform script survive.
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    • This system developed over the succeeding centuries to form Akkadian, Eblaite, Elamite, Hititte, Hurrian, and Old Persian.
    • In 1844, Rawlinson scaled the almost sheer cliffs of Bisitun, in Persia, copying relief sculptures and their accompanying cuneiform inscriptions in Old Persian, Elamite and Babylonian.
    • We know that the Middle East of 5000 years ago was using a variety of unrelated languages, Hurrian, Egyptian, Sumerian, Elamite, Hittite, and Akkadian, where for the last 1000 years there has been nothing but Arabic and Persian.


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  • Relating to the ancient Elamites or their language.
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    • Elam, whose capital was at Susa, was a part of Sumerian-Mesopotamian cultural region although the Elamite language does not seem to be related to Sumerian.
    • The allegory means that Babylonian gods replaced Elamite gods in Susa in the last years of the Assyrian Empire, and it was written at a time when the Macedonians posed the kind of danger to the Jews that the story describes.
    • In this story, Mordecai defeats his adversary Haman (Hammon, the creator god in the Elamite pantheon), with Esther's advice and help.

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