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dravidian


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dravidian  \Dra*vid"i*an\,  a.  [From  Skr.  Dr[=a]vi[dsdot]a,  the 
  name  of  the  southern  portion  of  the  peninsula  of  India.] 
  (Ethnol.) 
  Of  or  pertaining  to  the  Dravida. 
 
  {Dravidian  languages},  a  group  of  languages  of  Southern 
  India,  which  seem  to  have  been  the  idioms  of  the  natives, 
  before  the  invasion  of  tribes  speaking  Sanskrit.  Of  these 
  languages,  the  Tamil  is  the  most  important. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Dravidian 
  n  1:  a  member  of  one  of  the  aboriginal  races  of  India  (pushed 
  south  by  Caucasians  and  now  mixed  with  them)  [syn:  {Dravidian}] 
  2:  a  large  family  of  languages  spoken  in  south  and  central 
  India  and  Sri  Lanka  [syn:  {Dravidian},  {Dravidic},  {Dravidian 
  language}] 




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