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  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.
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Origin of Japhetic

1820–30; Japhet(h) + -ic, on the model of Hamitic, Semitic
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Historical Examples of japhetic

  • The Aryans would have been noble as being of the Japhetic race.


    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 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.

British Dictionary definitions for japhetic


  1. denoting a discredited grouping of languages that postulated a relationship between Basque, Etruscan, and Georgian among others
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Word Origin for Japhetic

C19: from New Latin Japheti descendants of Japheth + -ic
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Word Origin and History for japhetic


old name for "Indo-European" (see Aryan), 1828, from Biblical Japheth.

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