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In linguistics and ethnology, Semitic (from the Biblical "Shem", Hebrew: שם, translated as "name", Arabic: ساميّ‎) was first used to refer to a language family of largely Middle Eastern origin, now called the Semitic languages. This family includes the ancient and modern forms of Ahlamu, Akkadian, Amharic, Amorite, Arabic, Aramaic, Canaanite/Phoenician, Chaldean, Eblaite, Ge'ez, Hebrew, Maltese, Mandaic, Sutean, Tigre and Tigrinya, and Ugaritic, among others.