Japheth youngest of the three sons of Noah, from L. Japheth, from Gk. Iapheth, from Heb. Yepheth, lit. "enlargement," from causative form of the stem p-t-h "to be wide, spacious."

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  • Japheth — (IPAEng|ˈdʒeɪfɪθ, Hebrew. יפת, Greek Ιάφεθ , Iapheth , Latin Iafeth or Iapetus, Arabic: يافث) is one of the sons of Noah in the Bible. In Arabic citations, his name is normally given as Yafeth ibn Nuh (Japheth son of Noah).Order of birth He is… …   Wikipedia

  • JAPHETH — (Heb. יֶפֶת), son of Noah, brother of shem and ham . In all the lists of Noah s sons, Japheth invariably appears in the third place (Gen. 5:32; 6:10; 7:13; 9:18; 10:1; I Chron. 1:4). However, on one occasion Ham is called the youngest son of Noah …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Japheth — [jā′feth΄] n. [LL(Ec) < Gr(Ec) < Heb yepheth, lit., enlargement: cf. Gen. 9:27] Bible the youngest of Noah s three sons: Gen. 5:32 …   English World dictionary

  • Japheth —    Wide spreading: God shall enlarge Japheth (Heb. Yaphat Elohim le Yephet, Gen. 9:27. Some, however, derive the name from yaphah, to be beautiful; hence white), one of the sons of Noah, mentioned last in order (Gen. 5:32; 6:10; 7:13), perhaps… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Japheth — noun Etymology: Latin Japheth or Greek Iapheth, from Hebrew Yepheth Date: before 12th century a son of Noah held to be the progenitor of the Medes and Greeks …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Japheth — noun a) The third son of Noah, brother to Shem and Ham. And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of …   Wiktionary

  • Japheth — /jay fith/, n. a son of Noah. Gen. 5:32. [ < LL < Gk Iapheth < Heb Yepheth] * * * …   Universalium

  • JAPHETH —    one of the three sons of Noah and the ancestor of the Gentiles, as distinct from the descendants of Shem, or the Semites, and of Ham, or the Hamites.    See IAPETOS …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Japheth — n. (Old Testament) third son of Noah, father of several non Semitic peoples of the Mediterranean …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Japheth — Ja•pheth [[t]ˈdʒeɪ fɪθ[/t]] n. bib a son of Noah. Gen. 5:32 …   From formal English to slang

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