Tamil

Tamil

[tam-uhl, tuhm-, tah-muhl]
noun, plural Tamils (especially collectively) Tamil.
1.
a member of a people of Dravidian stock of S India and Sri Lanka.
2.
the Dravidian language of the Tamils, spoken in India principally in Tamil Nadu state and in Sri Lanka on the N and E coasts.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to the Tamils or their language.
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Tamil (ˈtæmɪl)
 
n , -ils, -il
1.  a member of a mixed Dravidian and Caucasoid people of S India and Sri Lanka
2.  the language of this people: the state language of Tamil Nadu, also spoken in Sri Lanka and elsewhere, belonging to the Dravidian family of languages
 
adj
3.  of or relating to this people or their language

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Tamil
Dravidian people and language of southern India, 1734, from Pali Damila, from Skt. Dramila, variant of Dravida (see Dravidian).
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