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From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a port in western Israel on the Mediterranean; incorporated
          into Tel Aviv in 1950 [syn: Jaffa, Yafo]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    beauty, a town in the portion of Dan (Josh. 19:46; A.V.,
    "Japho"), on a sandy promontory between Caesarea and Gaza, and
    at a distance of 30 miles north-west from Jerusalem. It is one
    of the oldest towns in Asia. It was and still is the chief
    sea-port of Judea. It was never wrested from the Phoenicians. It
    became a Jewish town only in the second century B.C. It was from
    this port that Jonah "took ship to flee from the presence of the
    Lord" (Jonah 1:3). To this place also the wood cut in Lebanon by
    Hiram's men for Solomon was brought in floats (2 Chr. 2:16); and
    here the material for the building of the second temple was also
    landed (Ezra 3:7). At Joppa, in the house of Simon the tanner,
    "by the sea-side," Peter resided "many days," and here, "on the
    house-top," he had his "vision of tolerance" (Acts 9:36-43). It
    bears the modern name of Jaffa, and exibituds all the
    decrepitude and squalor of cities ruled over by the Turks.
    "Scarcely any other town has been so often overthrown, sacked,
    pillaged, burned, and rebuilt." Its present population is said
    to be about 16,000. It was taken by the French under Napoleon in
    1799, who gave orders for the massacre here of 4,000 prisoners.
    It is connected with Jerusalem by the only carriage road that
    exists in the country, and also by a railway completed in 1892.
    It is noticed on monuments B.C. 1600-1300, and was attacked by
    Sannacharib B.C. 702.

From: Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's)

 Joppa, beauty; comeliness