(Kadʹmon·ites) [Easterners, people of the East, or, perhaps, ancients].
A people listed among other nations whose lands Jehovah promised to Abram’s seed. (Gen. 15:18-21) They were evidently a pastoral or nomadic tribe, like the Kenites and Kenizzites with whom they are mentioned. (Gen. 15:19) The exact location of their territory is uncertain, although it is suggested that they inhabited the Syrian desert between Palestine-Syria and the Euphrates River.
The Hebrew name of this people (qadh·mo·niʹ) has the same form as the adjective qadh·mo·niʹ (“eastern,” Ezek. 47:18); thus some suggest that it may merely mean “Easterners.” (Judg. 8:10) However, the fact that this Hebrew term is used as a name at Genesis 15:19 shows that it can refer to a specific tribe.