[ee-free-uhm, ee-fruhm; for 4 also ef-ruhm]
the younger son of Joseph. Gen. 41:52.
the tribe of Israel traditionally descended from him. Gen. 48:1.
the Biblical kingdom of the Hebrews in N Palestine, including ten of the twelve tribes. Compare Judah ( def 3 ).
a male given name.
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Ephraim (ˈiːfreɪɪm)
1.  a.  the younger son of Joseph, who received the principal blessing of his grandfather Jacob (Genesis 48:8--22)
 b.  the tribe descended from him
 c.  the territory of this tribe, west of the River Jordan
2.  the northern kingdom of Israel after the kingdom of Solomon had been divided into two

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male personal name, in O.T., younger son of Joseph; also the tribe descended from him, sometimes used figuratively for "Kingdom of Israel;" Gk. form of Heb. Ephrayim, a derivative of parah "was fruitful" (related to Aramaic pera "fruit").
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Ephraim definition

double fruitfulness ("for God had made him fruitful in the land of his affliction"). The second son of Joseph, born in Egypt (Gen. 41:52; 46:20). The first incident recorded regarding him is his being placed, along with his brother Manasseh, before their grandfather, Jacob, that he might bless them (48:10; comp. 27:1). The intention of Joseph was that the right hand of the aged patriarch should be placed on the head of the elder of the two; but Jacob set Ephraim the younger before his brother, "guiding his hands wittingly." Before Joseph's death, Ephraim's family had reached the third generation (Gen. 50:23).

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one of the 12 tribes of Israel that in biblical times comprised the people of Israel who later became the Jewish people. The tribe was named after one of the younger sons of Joseph, himself a son of Jacob

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