Definition of Dravidian in English:
Relating to or denoting a family of languages spoken in southern India and Sri Lanka, or the peoples who speak them.
- It also has borrowed words from Dravidian languages of southern India, mostly Tamil.
- The Dravidian groups include the Gond, Oraon, Khond, Malto, Bhil, Mina, Garasia, Pradhan etc. and speak Austric or Dravidian family of languages.
- Some evidence for this can be seen in Table 3.5, which shows some regional and caste differences in lexicon and grammar from two regional and social dialects of Kannarese, a Dravidian language spoken in south India.
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1 [mass noun] The Dravidian family of languages.
- One was Dravidian, a language family now centered on southern India.
- Mann abstracts a passage from the Bhagavata Purana to illustrate the interwoven strands of Aryan and Dravidian in the story.
2A member of any of the peoples speaking a Dravidian language.
- By language we are Tamils, by race Dravidians and by nationality Indians.
- One of the underlying themes of Sinhala chauvinism is the superiority of the ‘Aryan’ Sinhalese over the southern Indian Dravidians or Tamils.
- As I mentioned earlier, racially and linguistically, the East Indians and Africans have a common origin, going back to the ancient Sumerians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Dravidians.
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