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Hamitic

Line breaks: Ham|it¦ic
Pronunciation: /həˈmɪtɪk
 
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Definition of Hamitic in English:

adjective

historical
Of or denoting a hypothetical language family formerly proposed to comprise Berber, ancient Egyptian, the Cushitic languages, and the Chadic languages. These are now recognized as independent branches of the Afro-Asiatic family.
Example sentences
  • It is a member of the Chad group of languages frequently assigned to the Hamitic sub-family of the Hamito-Semitic family of languages.
  • Arabs and Jews were therefore Shemitic by race, and began speaking a Hamitic language in Canaan.

Origin

from Hamite + -ic.

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