Meaning of Japhetic


Pronunciation: ( ju-fet'ik), [key]
— 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, formerly thought by some to represent a stage in language development that preceded the development of Indo-European and Semitic.
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