🔼The name Shittim in the Bible
The name Shittim goes with a place east of the Jordan. While camped there, Israel began to "play the harlot" with the daughters of Moab, and the Baal-peor incident ensues (Numbers 25:1, Micah 6:5). Some years later, Joshua sends the twelve spies from Shittim, to review the land and especially Jericho (Joshua 2:1).
The prophet Joel mentions a Valley of Shittim (Joel 3:18) but it's not clear whether this Shittim is the same as the previous one or not. Other Scriptures mention a place called Abel-shittim (Numbers 33:49) and scholars are generally confident that Abel-shittim is the same as the Shittim of Joshua.
🔼Etymology of the name Shittim
The name Shittim is identical to the common plural form of the noun שטה (shitta), meaning acacia:
The name Shittim means Acacias.