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

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  • Japhetic — is a term that refers to the supposed descendants of Japheth, one of the three sons of Noah in the Bible. It corresponds to Semitic (descendants of Shem) and Hamitic (descendants of Ham). Variations of the term include Japhetite and Japhethitic.… …   Wikipedia

  • Japhetic — Ja*phet ic, a. Pertaining to, or derived from, Japheth, one of the sons of Noah; as, Japhetic nations, the nations of Europe and Northern Asia; Japhetic languages. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Japhetic — [jə fet′ik] adj. 1. of or from Japheth 2. Archaic INDO EUROPEAN (adj. ) …   English World dictionary

  • japhetic — I. jəˈfed.ik, (ˈ)jā|f adjective Usage: usually capitalized Etymology: Japheth (Japetus), one of the sons of Noah in the Bible (Gen 5:32 ff.) + English ic 1. : relating to or derived from Japheth who was a son of Noah used vaguely as an… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Japhetic — /dʒeɪˈfɛtɪk/ (say jay fetik) adjective 1. of or relating to Japheth. 2. of or relating to a hypothetical linguistic family of Europe and western Asia, which was considered by some to have developed before Indo European and Semitic. –noun 3. the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Japhetic — /jeuh fet ik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Japheth. 2. of or pertaining to a hypothesized group of languages of the Caucasus, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, and southern Europe, including the Caucasian languages, Sumerian, Basque, and Etruscan,… …   Universalium

  • japhetic — ja·phet·ic …   English syllables

  • Japhetic — Ja•phet•ic [[t]dʒəˈfɛt ɪk[/t]] adj. bib of or descended from Japheth …   From formal English to slang

  • Japhetic theory — is a term used to describe a linguistic theory developed by the Soviet linguist Nikolay Yakovlevich Marr (1864 ndash;1934). In linguistics it is considered to be the equivalent of Lysenkoism in biology: a theory that was promoted and supported… …   Wikipedia

  • Japhetic languages — Japhetic languages. This is an obsolete pre scientific term for the languages spoken by the descendants of Japheth, son of Noah, dating from before the discipline of historical linguistics developed. It was usually ascribed to the speakers of… …   Wikipedia

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