tocharian a


[toh-kair-ee-uhn, -kahr-]
a member of a central Asian people of high culture, who were assimilated with other peoples about the 11th century a.d.
the language of the Tocharians, an extinct Indo-European language, having an eastern dialect (Tocharian A) and a western dialect (Tocharian B) records of which date from a.d. c600–c1000.
of or pertaining to the Tocharians or their language.
Also, Tokharian.

1925–30; < Greek Tóchar(oi) a Central Asian people (thought to have been the language's speakers when its remains were first discovered) + -ian Unabridged
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Tocharian or Tokharian (tɒˈkɑːrɪən)
1.  a member of an Asian people with a complex material culture, sometimes thought to be of European origin, who lived in the Tarim Basin until overcome by the Uighurs around 800 ad
2.  the language of this people, known from records in a N Indian script of the 7th and 8th centuries ad. It belongs to the Indo-European family, is regarded as forming an independent branch, and shows closer affinities with the W or European group than with the E or Indo-Iranian group. The language is recorded in two dialects, known as Tocharian A and Tocharian B
[C20: ultimately from Greek Tokharoi, name of uncertain origin]
Tokharian or Tokharian
[C20: ultimately from Greek Tokharoi, name of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

in ref. to an extinct people and I.E. language of Chinese Turkestan, 1927, from Fr. tocharien, from Gk. Tokharoi (Strabo), name of an Asiatic people who lived in the Oxus valley in ancient times. Earlier Tocharish (1910), from Ger. tocharisch. The identification of this culture with the people named
by Strabo was suggested in 1907 by F.W.K. Müller and "is obviously erroneous" (Klein).
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