"Lofty men", "Giants." In the Bible, the inhabitants of Palestine, afterwards conquered and dispossessed by the Canaanite tribes, are classed under this general title. They were known to the Moabites as Emim, i.e., "fearful,"1 and to the Ammonites as Zamzummim.2 Some of them found refuge among the Philistines, and were said to still exist in the days of David. They are typically described as unusually tall or large individuals. See also Anakim.



  1. Deut. 2:11.
  2. Deut. 2:20-21.


  • Easton, M.G. (1897). Easton's Bible Dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers.