a word used in two senses:
+ A tribe which inhabited a particular locality of the land west of the Jordan before the conquest; and
+ The people who inhabited generally the whole of that country.
+ Applied as a general name to the non-Israelite inhabitants of the land, as we have already seen was the case with "Canaan." Instances of this are, (Genesis 12:6; Numbers 21:3) The Canaanites were descendants of Canaan. Their language was very similar to the Hebrew. The Canaanites were probably given to commerce; and thus the name became probably in later times an occasional synonym for a merchant.