Afro-Asiatic
adjective Date: 1953 of, relating to, or being a family of languages widely distributed over southwestern Asia and Africa including the Semitic, Egyptian, Berber, Cushitic, and Chadic subfamilies

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  • Afro-Asiatic — Af·ro A·si·at·ic (ăf rō ā zhē ătʹĭk, shē , zē ) n. A large family of languages spoken in northern Africa and southwest Asia, comprising the Semitic, Chadic, Cushitic, Berber, Omotic, and ancient Egyptian languages; formerly known as Hamito… …   Universalium

  • Afro-Asiatic — adjective Of, pertaining to, or being a language family spoken in northern Africa and southwest Asia, and including Semitic, Egyptian, Berber, Omotic, Cushitic …   Wiktionary

  • Afro-Asiatic — n. the family of languages spoken over southwestern Asia and Africa; comprised of Semitic Chadic Cushitic Berber Omotic and Egyptian languages adj. of or pertaining to the family of languages spoken over southwestern Asia and Africa; comprised of …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Afro-Asiatic — adjective relating to or denoting a family of languages spoken in the Middle East and North Africa …   English new terms dictionary

  • afro-asiatic — af·ro asi·at·ic …   English syllables

  • Afro-Asiatic — /æfroʊ ˈeɪziætɪk/ (say afroh ayzeeatik) noun 1. a family of languages of northern Africa and south western Asia, comprising the Semitic, ancient Egyptian, Berber, Cushitic and Chadic subfamilies. Formerly, Semito Hamitic. –adjective 2. denoting… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Afro-Asiatic — noun a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and Africa • Syn: ↑Afroasiatic, ↑Afroasiatic language, ↑Afrasian, ↑Afrasian language, ↑Hamito Semitic • Hypernyms: ↑natural language, ↑tongue …   Useful english dictionary

  • Afro-Asiatic languages — Infobox Language family name=Afro Asiatic region=Horn of Africa, North Africa, Southwest Asia familycolor=Afro Asiatic family=One of the World s major language families child1= Egyptian child2=Berber group child3=Chadic group child4=Cushitic… …   Wikipedia

  • Afro-Asiatic languages — formerly Hamito Semitic languages Family of about 250 languages spoken in North Africa, parts of sub Saharan African, and the Middle East. It includes such languages as Arabic, Hebrew, Amharic, and Hausa. The total number of speakers is estimated …   Universalium

  • Afro-Asiatic root-and-pattern system — ▪ Table Afro Asiatic root and pattern system ȡa;k t b write (Arabic) katb un act of writing katab a he corresponded (with) yu katib u he is in correspondence be;a ktaba he has made (somebody) write mu katib un the corresponding one yu ktib u he… …   Universalium

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