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Altaic

[al-tey-ik] /ælˈteɪ ɪk/
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 relating to the Altai Mountains.
Also, Altaian
[al-tey-uh n, -tahy-] /ælˈteɪ ən, -taɪ-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; Alta(i) + -ic
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Altaic

/ælˈteɪɪk/
noun
1.
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 See also Ural-Altaic
adjective
2.
denoting, belonging to, or relating to this linguistic family or its speakers
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Word Origin and History for altaics'

Altaic

1832 as a linguistic family, from French Altaïque, from Altaïen, from Altai, name of a mountain range in Asia.

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