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Ephraim

[ee-free-uh m, ee-fruh m; for 4 also ef-ruh m] /ˈi fri əm, ˈi frəm; for 4 also ˈɛf rəm/
noun
1.
the younger son of Joseph. Gen. 41:52.
2.
the tribe of Israel traditionally descended from him. Gen. 48:1.
3.
the Biblical kingdom of the Hebrews in N Palestine, including ten of the twelve tribes.
Compare Judah (def 3).
4.
a male given name.
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  • With his father's hand in his, cautiously feeling his way, Ephraim led him into the room.

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British Dictionary definitions for Ephraim

Ephraim

/ˈiːfreɪɪm/
noun (Old Testament)
1.
  1. the younger son of Joseph, who received the principal blessing of his grandfather Jacob (Genesis 48:8–22)
  2. the tribe descended from him
  3. the territory of this tribe, west of the River Jordan
2.
the northern kingdom of Israel after the kingdom of Solomon had been divided into two
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Word Origin and History for Ephraim

masc. personal name, in Old Testament, younger son of Joseph; also the tribe descended from him, sometimes used figuratively for "Kingdom of Israel;" Greek form of Hebrew Ephrayim, a derivative of parah "was fruitful" (related to Aramaic pera "fruit").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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