[ juh-fet-ik ]
/ dʒəˈfɛt ɪk /


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

1820–30; Japhet(h) + -ic, on the model of Hamitic, Semitic
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/ (dʒeɪˈfɛtɪk) /


denoting a discredited grouping of languages that postulated a relationship between Basque, Etruscan, and Georgian among others

Word Origin for Japhetic

C19: from New Latin Japheti descendants of Japheth + -ic
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