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Meaning: cave-men; cave-dwellers

a race of troglodytes who dwelt in the limestone caves which abounded in Edom

Their ancestor was “Seir,” who probably gave his name to the district where he lived. They were a branch of the Hivites (Gen. 14:6; 36:20-30; 1 Chr. 1:38,39). They were dispossessed by the descendants of Esau, and as a people gradually became extinct (Deut. 2:12-22).