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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Javanese, Javan(adj)

    a native or inhabitant of Java

  2. Javanese, Javan(adj)

    of or relating to or characteristic of Java or its inhabitants or its language

    "Javanese temples"; "Javanese dialects"


  1. Javan(Noun)

    An inhabitant of the Indonesian island Java

  2. Javan(Noun)

    A member or descendant of Java's main, Malay ethno-linguistic group, by far the largest in Indonesia

  3. Javan(Adjective)

    Pertaining to, or from, the island of Java

  4. Javan(Adjective)

    Belonging to, or descended from, its Malay main people and its culture


  1. Javan

    Javan was the fourth son of Noah's son Japheth according to the "Table of Nations" in the Hebrew Bible. Flavius Josephus states the traditional belief that this individual was the ancestor of the Greek people. Also serving as the Hebrew name for Greece or Greeks in general, יָוָן Yavan or Yāwān has long been considered cognate with the name of the eastern Greeks, the Ionians. The Greek race has been known by cognate names throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, Near East and beyond—even in Sanskrit. In Greek mythology, the eponymous forefather of the Ionians is similarly called Ion, a son of Apollo. The opinion that Javan is synonymous with Greek Ion and thus fathered the Ionians is common to numerous writers of the early modern period including Sir Walter Raleigh, Samuel Bochart, John Mill and Jonathan Edwards, and is still frequently encountered today. Javan is also found in apocalyptic literature in the Book of Daniel, 8:21-22 and 11:2, in reference to the King of Greece —most commonly interpreted as a reference to Alexander the Great.

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