altaian

Altaic

[al-tey-ik]
noun
1.
the Turkic, Mongolian, and Tungusic language families collectively, spoken over a broad expanse of Eurasia, from southeastern Europe to the Pacific: variously considered to be a single, genetically related family, with Japanese and Korean sometimes also included, or a group of languages with shared typologies and histories, but not genetically akin.
adjective
2.
of or belonging to Altaic.
3.
of or pertaining to the Altai Mountains.
Also, Altaian [al-tey-uhn, -tahy-] .


Origin:
1825–35; Alta(i) + -ic

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Altaic (ælˈteɪɪk)
 
n
1.  See also Ural-Altaic a postulated family of languages of Asia and SE Europe, consisting of the Turkic, Mongolic, and Tungusic branches, and perhaps also Japanese, Korean, and Ainu
 
adj
2.  denoting, belonging to, or relating to this linguistic family or its speakers

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