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Subject:  Re: Hebrew for Carob: Charuv, or Boxer? Date:  4/11/2008  6:48 PM
Author:  stevenjklein Number:  16904 of 23016

Here's what Merriam Webster has to say on that subject:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carob
Etymology: Middle French carobe, from Medieval Latin carrubium, from Arabic kharrūba
Date: 1548


The earliest arabic writings are a mere 2800 years old, so it's possible that Arabic took the word from Hebrew. But it's also possible that both languages took the word from Proto-Semitic.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proto-Semitic
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