[ ee-free-uhm, ee-fruhm; for 4 also ef-ruhm ]
/ ˈi fri əm, ˈi frəm; for 4 also ˈɛf rəm /
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the younger son of Joseph. Genesis 41:52.
the tribe of Israel traditionally descended from him. Genesis 48:1.
the Biblical kingdom of the Hebrews in northern Palestine, including ten of the twelve tribes.Compare Judah (def. 3).
a male given name.



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/ (ˈiːfreɪɪm) /

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
the northern kingdom of Israel after the kingdom of Solomon had been divided into two
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