Ar"ab [Prob. ultimately fr. Heb. arabah a desert, the name employed, in the Old Testament, to denote the valley of the Jordan and Dead Sea. Ar. Arab, Heb. arabi, arbi, arbim: cf. F. Arabe, L. Arabs, Gr. .]
One of a swarthy race occupying Arabia, and numerous in Syria, Northern Africa, etc.
Street Arab, a homeless vagabond in the streets of a city, particularly and outcast boy or girl. Tylor.
The ragged outcasts and street Arabs who are shivering in damp doorways.
Lond. Sat. Rev.
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