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Japhetic

[juh-fet-ik] /dʒəˈfɛt ɪk/
adjective
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.
Origin
1820-1830
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
Word Origin
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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