noun Etymology: Cush (Kush), Africa Date: circa 1903 a subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic language family comprising various languages spoken in eastern Africa and especially in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, and Kenya • Cushitic adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Cushitic — [kush it′ik, kooshit′ik] adj. [ CUSH + IT(E) + IC] designating or of a group of languages spoken in Ethiopia and E Africa, constituting a subfamily of the Afroasiatic family of languages n. this group of languages …   English World dictionary

  • Cushitic — /keuh shit ik/, n. 1. a subfamily of the Afroasiatic family of languages, including Somali, Oromo, and other languages of Somalia and Ethiopia. adj. 2. of or pertaining to Cushitic. Also, Kushitic. [1905 10; Cushite (see CUSH, ITE1) + IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • cushitic — adj. of or pertaining to the Cushitic group of languages spoken in eastern Africa …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Cushitic — [kʊ ʃɪtɪk] noun a group of East African languages of the Afro Asiatic family spoken mainly in Ethiopia and Somalia. adjective relating to Cushitic. Origin early 20th cent.: from Cush, a region of ancient Nubia, + itic …   English new terms dictionary

  • Cushitic — 1. adjective pertaining to the Cushites 2. noun a sub family of the Afro Asiatic family of languages …   Wiktionary

  • Cushitic — n. group of languages spoken in eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Kenya), subfamily of the Afro Asiatic languages …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cushitic — cush·it·ic …   English syllables

  • Cushitic — Cush•it•ic or Kushitic [[t]kəˈʃɪt ɪk[/t]] n. peo a language family of Africa, a branch of the Afroasiatic family, that includes Beja, Oromo, Somali, and a number of other languages, primarily of Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, and NE Kenya •… …   From formal English to slang

  • Cushitic — /kuˈʃɪtɪk/ (say kooh shitik) noun a group of Afro Asiatic languages, including Somali and other languages of Somaliland and Ethiopia …   Australian English dictionary

  • Cushitic — n. & adj. n. a group of E. African languages of the Hamitic type. adj. of this group. Etymology: Cush an ancient country in the Nile valley + ITE(1) + IC …   Useful english dictionary

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