As I was reading scripture today, I had a flash of insight:
There is no such thing as an Israelite. Nor an Ammonite, Canaanite or Geshurite.
At least, not linguistically.
--ite is an English suffix. Not Hebrew.
Odd that I had never realized that before.
The original Hebrew suffix would be in some cases "-i" or, as per the masculine plural ending in Biblical NW Hebrew, -ima.
So there were actually no Book of Mormon Nephites or Lamanites either. They would have called themselves Nephi-i and Laman-i, or Nephima and Lamanima. One LDS apologist has conjectured that the Pima tribe of Native Americans might derive their name from that background.
Little hard to get used to.