Oscan

Oscan

[os-kuhn]
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 pertaining to the Oscans or their language.

Origin:
1590–1600; Latin Osc(ī) the Oscans + -an1

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Oscan (ˈɒskən)
 
n
1.  See also Osco-Umbrian an extinct language of ancient S Italy belonging to the Italic branch of the Indo-European family
2.  a speaker of this language; Samnite
 
adj
3.  of or relating to this language

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Oscan
ancient people of southern Italy, 1598, from L. Osci, Opsci (pl.) "Oscans," lit. "worshippers of Ops," a harvest goddess, the name related to L. ops (gen. opis) "abundance, plenty, wealth, riches."
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