Rhaeto-Romanic

Rhaeto-Romanic

[ree-toh-roh-man-ik]
noun
1.
a Romance language consisting of Friulian, Tyrolese, Ladin, and the Romansh dialects.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to Rhaeto-Romanic.
Also, Rhaeto-Romance, Rhaetian.


Origin:
1865–70; Rhaeto- (representing Latin Rhaetus Rhaetian) + Romanic (modeled on German Rätoromanisch)

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rhaeto-romanic

group of Romance dialects spoken in Switzerland and northern Italy. The most important Rhaetian dialects are Sursilvan and Sutsilvan, which together make up the Romansh language (q.v.). Other Rhaetian dialects are Engadine, spoken in Switzerland in the Inn River valley; Ladin, spoken in the Alto Adige and Dolomites regions of northern Italy; and Friulian, spoken north of Venice to the Austrian border and east to the Yugoslavian border

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