Dravidian

Dravidian

[druh-vid-ee-uhn]
noun
1.
a family of languages, wholly distinct from Indo-European, spoken mostly in southern India and Sri Lanka and including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and, in Pakistan, Brahui.
2.
a member of the aboriginal population occupying much of southern India and parts of Sri Lanka.
adjective
3.
Also, Dravidic. of or pertaining to this people or their language.

Origin:
1855–60; < Sanskrit Draviḍ(a) ethnonym + -ian

pre-Dravidian, adjective
pre-Dravidic, adjective
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Dravidian (drəˈvɪdɪən)
 
n
1.  a family of languages spoken in S and central India and Sri Lanka, including Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, and Gondi
2.  a member of one of the aboriginal races of India, pushed south by the Indo-Europeans and now mixed with them
 
adj
3.  denoting, belonging to, or relating to this family of languages or these peoples

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Dravidian
1856, "pertaining to the race in southern India or the languages spoken by them," from Skt. Dravidah, name of a region in southern India.
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