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Oscan

[os-kuh n] /ˈɒs kən/
noun
1.
one of an ancient people of south-central Italy.
2.
the Indo-European, probably Italic, language of the Oscans, written in an alphabet derived from the Etruscan.
adjective
3.
of or relating to the Oscans or their language.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; Latin Osc(ī) the Oscans + -an1
Related forms
non-Oscan, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Oscan

Oscan

/ˈɒskən/
noun
1.
an extinct language of ancient S Italy belonging to the Italic branch of the Indo-European family See also Osco-Umbrian
2.
a speaker of this language; Samnite
adjective
3.
of or relating to this language
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Word Origin and History for Oscan
adj.

of or pertaining to the ancient people of southern Italy, 1590s, from Latin Osci, Opsci (plural) "Oscans," literally "worshippers of Ops," a harvest goddess, the name related to Latin ops (genitive opis) "abundance, plenty, wealth, riches," from PIE *op- "to work, to produce in abundance" (see opus).

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