Japhetic

[ juh-fet-ik ]

adjective
  1. of or relating to Japheth.

  2. 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

1
First recorded in 1820–30; Japhet(h) + -ic, on the model of Hamitic, Semitic

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Japhetic

/ (dʒeɪˈfɛtɪk) /


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

Origin of Japhetic

1
C19: from New Latin Japheti descendants of Japheth + -ic

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