Afro-Asiatic

Afroasiatic

[af-roh-ey-zhee-at-ik, -ey-shee-, -ey-zee-]
adjective
1.
of, belonging to, or pertaining to Afroasiatic; Hamito-Semitic.
noun
2.
Also called Hamito-Semitic. a family of languages including as subfamilies Semitic, Egyptian, Berber, Cushitic, and Chadic. Compare family ( def 14 ).
Also, Afro-Asiatic.


Origin:
1955–60; Afro- + Asiatic

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Afro-Asiatic
 
n
1.  Also called: Semito-Hamitic a family of languages of SW Asia and N Africa, consisting of the Semitic, ancient Egyptian, Berber, Cushitic, and Chadic subfamilies
 
adj
2.  denoting, belonging to, or relating to this family of languages

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