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Ephraim

[ee-free-uh m, ee-fruh m; for 4 also ef-ruh m]
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  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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  • But at that moment all confidences were stopped by the appearance of Esther and Ephraim.

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  • Just as she reached the kitchen Ephraim came in at the other door.

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  • Ephraim came into the hall to speak to his mistress just as Poppy came down the stairs.

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  • She looked again at Ephraim, but getting no help from him, she turned to Poppy.

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  • But, of course, you want to hear about your mother, more than about Ephraim.

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British Dictionary definitions for ephraim

Ephraim

noun Old Testament
    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
  1. 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

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").

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