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Meaning: cave-men; cave-dwellers
a race of troglodytes (cave dwellers) who lived in the limestone caves which abounded in Edom (Petra and surrounding land)
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).