Japhetic

Japhetic

[juh-fet-ik]
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:
1820–30; Japhet(h) + -ic, on the model of Hamitic, Semitic

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Japhetic (dʒeɪˈfɛtɪk)
 
adj
denoting a discredited grouping of languages that postulated a relationship between Basque, Etruscan, and Georgian among others
 
[C19: from New Latin Japheti descendants of Japheth + -ic]

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