- of or relating to Japheth.
- of or relating to a hypothesized group of languages of the Caucasus, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, and southern Europe, including the Caucasian languages, Sumerian, Basque, and Etruscan, formerly thought by some to represent a stage in language development that preceded the development of Indo-European and Semitic.
Origin of Japhetic
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Examples from the Web for japhetic
The Aryans would have been noble as being of the Japhetic race.Tradition
John Francis Arundell
The words Japhetic and Shemitic are also employed in a sense somewhat different from that which common usage has assigned them.The Moral and Intellectual Diversity of Races
Arthur, comte de Gobineau
The language he called Median, and classified it in “the Scythian, rather than in the Japhetic family.”
The Medes were of the Aryan or Japhetic stock, and were always a warlike and independent people.The Rand-McNally Bible Atlas
Jesse L. Hurlbut
- denoting a discredited grouping of languages that postulated a relationship between Basque, Etruscan, and Georgian among others
C19: from New Latin Japheti descendants of Japheth + -ic
Word Origin and History for japhetic
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