Japhetic

adjective
Ja·​phet·​ic | \ jəˈfetik, (ˈ)jā¦f- \

Definition of Japhetic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to or derived from Japheth who was a son of Noah used vaguely as an ethnological epithet for the Caucasians of Europe and some adjacent parts of Asia
2 : of, relating to, or constituting a group of early non-Indo-European languages in Europe and western Asia assumed by some to form one family with the Caucasian languages and including Basque, Etruscan, Minoan, and sometimes Sumerian and Elamite — compare asianic

Japhetic

noun
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plural -s

Definition of Japhetic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the Japhetic languages
2 : a Japhetic language

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History and Etymology for Japhetic

Adjective

Japheth (Japetus), one of the sons of Noah in the Bible (Genesis 5:32 ff.) + English -ic

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“Japhetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Japhetic. Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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