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[meed] /mid/
a native or inhabitant of Media.
Origin of Mede
1350-1400; Middle English Medis (plural), Old English Mēdas < Latin Mēdī < Greek Mêdoi (plural), Mêdos (singular) < Old Persian Māda Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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a member of an Indo-European people of West Iranian speech who established an empire in SW Asia in the 7th and 6th centuries bc
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Median, noun, adjective
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inhabitant of ancient Media, late 14c., from Latin Medus, from Greek Medos "Mede," from the indigenous people-name Medes, said to be from the name of their first king (Medos).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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medes in the Bible

(Heb. Madai), a Median or inhabitant of Media (Dan. 11:1). In Gen. 10:2 the Hebrew word occurs in the list of the sons of Japheth. But probably this is an ethnic and not a personal name, and denotes simply the Medes as descended from Japheth.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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