Bed·ou·in also Bed·u·in (bĕd-ĭn, bĕdwĭn)
n. pl. Bedouin or Bed·ou·ins also Beduin or Be·du·ins
An Arab of any of the nomadic tribes of the Arabian, Syrian, Nubian, or Sahara Deserts.
[Middle English Bedoin, from Old French beduin, from Arabic badāwīyīn, pl. of badawī, nomadic, from badw, desert nomads, Bedouins; see bdw in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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