Messapic

Messapic

[muh-sey-pik, -sap-ik]
noun
an Indo-European language that was spoken in what is now SE Italy and written with an alphabet derived from that of Greek.
Also, Messapian [muh-sey-pee-uhn] .


Origin:
1765–75; < Latin Mesāp(ius) pertaining to Messāpia the Calabrian peninsula + -ic

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Messapian or Messapic (məˈseɪpɪən, məˈseɪpɪk, -ˈsæpɪk)
 
n
a scantily recorded language of an ancient people of Calabria (the Messapii), thought by some to be related to ancient Illyrian
 
Messapic or Messapic
 
n

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