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Proto-Indo-European Line breaks: Proto-Indo-European

Definition of Proto-Indo-European in English:


[mass noun]
The lost language from which all Indo-European languages derive. See Indo-European.
Example sentences
  • The standard estimate for the time depth of the Indo-European parent language, Proto-Indo-European, is perhaps 6,000 years BP.
  • This was the basis of the reconstruction of the ancient and hypothetical language, Proto-Indo-European, from which we believe are derived most European tongues, and many spoken in Western and Central Asia.
  • All are presumed to have descended from a single common ancestor language known as Proto-Indo-European.


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Relating to Proto-Indo-European.
Example sentences
  • A significant number of animals were probably brought, first by the Proto-Indo-European peoples, into northern Iberia during the fifth millennium B.P., and second by the Roman invasions ca. 2300 B.P.
  • ‘Sagacity’ in English print in 1548 was originally the ability to track or hunt, in Proto-Indo-European cultures.
  • Whatever the truth, the mystery and magic of our Proto-Indo-European heritage has continued to fascinate me and many scholars in the field.

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