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HIVITES, an ancient tribe of Palestine driven out by the invading Israelites. In Josh. ix. 7, xi. 19 they are connected with Gibeon. The meaning of the name is uncertain; Wellhausen derives it from njo " Eve," or " serpent," in which case the Hivites were originally the snake clan; others explain it from the Arabic hayy, " family," as meaning " dwellers in (Bedouin) encampments." (See PALESTINE; JEWS.)

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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