Definition of Cushitic in English:


Line breaks: Cush|it¦ic
Pronunciation: /kʊˈʃɪtɪk


  • Relating to or denoting a group of East African languages of the Afro-Asiatic family spoken mainly in Ethiopia and Somalia, including Somali and Oromo.
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    • The vast majority of the languages spoken in the country can be classified within three families of the Afro-Asiatic super language family: the Semitic, Cushitic, and Omotic.
    • Arabic is a branch of the Semitic languages, which in turn belongs to the Afro-Asiatic language family together with Berber, Ancient Egyptian, Chadic, and Cushitic.
    • For several thousand years thereafter, migrations of Nilotic, Cushitic, and Semitic-speaking people entered Eritrea, and were among the first in Africa to grow crops and domesticate livestock.


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  • The Cushitic group of languages.
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    • Bilen is part of a larger Cushitic language subfamily called Agau.
    • The main indigenous languages are Afar and Issa-Somali, both of which belong to the Cushitic language group.
    • These include Khoisan, or ‘click ‘speaking hunter-gatherers, Nilotic-speaking pastoralists (such as the Maasai), Cushitic speakers, and Bantu speakers; the latter predominate in terms of population size.’


early 20th century: from Cush + -itic.

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