Smith’s Bible Dictionary

“Canaan ” means

Canaan : (Ca'nan) (low, flat).

  1. The fourth son of Ham, (Genesis 10:6; 1 Chronicles 1:8) the progenitor of the Phoenicians [ZIDON], and of the various nations who before the Israelite conquest people the seacoast of Palestine, and generally the while of the country westward of the Jordan. (Genesis 10:13; 1 Chronicles 1:13) (B.C. 2347.)
  2. The name "Canaan" is sometimes employed for the country itself.
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