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[jaf-uh, jah-fuh; locally yah-fah] /ˈdʒæf ə, ˈdʒɑ fə; locally ˈyɑ fɑ/
a former seaport in W Israel, part of Tel Aviv-Jaffa since 1950: ancient Biblical town.
Also, Yafo.
Ancient Joppa. Unabridged
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  • "Nothing will induce aunt Mary to mount a steed since the day she was lifted out of her saddle at Jaffa," said Caroline.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • But he could keep the army no longer in the tainted air of Jaffa.

    At Aboukir and Acre George Alfred Henty
  • At length, the solemn and sonorous voice of the muezzin, from the minarets of Jaffa, came floating on the air.

    Sketches Benjamin Disraeli
  • To Nebi Sari, which is a pretty weli, two hour only from Jaffa.

  • Jaffa, however, after it had again fallen into the hands of Saladin, was recovered by the impetuous valor of the English king.

British Dictionary definitions for Jaffa


/ˈdʒæfə; ˈdʒɑː-/
a port in W Israel, on the Mediterranean: incorporated into Tel Aviv in 1950; an old Canaanite city Biblical name Joppa Hebrew name Yafo
a large variety of orange, having a thick skin
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