Hamitic languages
noun plural Date: circa 1890 any of various groupings of non-Semitic Afro-Asiatic languages (as Berber, Egyptian, and Cushitic) that were formerly thought to make up a single branch of the Afro-Asiatic family

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  • Hamitic languages — Hamitic Ham*it ic (h[a^]m*[i^]t [i^]k), a. Pertaining to Ham or his descendants. [1913 Webster] {Hamitic languages}, the group of languages spoken mainly in the Sahara, Egypt, Galla, and Som[^a]li Land, and supposed to be allied to the Semitic.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hamitic languages — noun plural Usage: usually capitalized H : the Berber, Cushitic, and sometimes Egyptian branches of the Afro Asiatic or Hamito Semitic languages formerly regarded as constituting an independent language family or as constituting one of two… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hamitic — Ham*it ic (h[a^]m*[i^]t [i^]k), a. Pertaining to Ham or his descendants. [1913 Webster] {Hamitic languages}, the group of languages spoken mainly in the Sahara, Egypt, Galla, and Som[^a]li Land, and supposed to be allied to the Semitic. Keith… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hamitic — A stylised T and O map, depicting Africa as the home of the descendants of Ham, Asia of the descendents of Sem, and Europe of the descendants of Japheth (Guntherus Ziner, 1472) …   Wikipedia

  • Hamitic — I. adjective Date: 1844 of, relating to, or characteristic of the Hamites or one of the Hamitic languages II. noun Date: 1886 Hamitic languages …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Languages of Muslim countries — Muslims believe that God revealed the Qur an to the Muhammad literally, word for word, in the Arabic language.Thus, Arabic is regarded as the holy language of Islam. However, there is no single Muslim language per se, as Islam, the faith of… …   Wikipedia

  • Hamitic — 1. adjective of or pertaining to the Hamites or to the Hamitic languages 2. noun A group of languages spoken in Egypt and neighbouring countries …   Wiktionary

  • Hamitic — [ham it′ik, hə mit′ik] n. an obsolete grouping within the Afroasiatic language family, including the Berber, Cushitic, and Egyptian languages adj. designating or of the Hamites or Hamitic …   English World dictionary

  • Hamitic language — noun a group of languages in northern Africa related to Semitic • Syn: ↑Hamitic • Hypernyms: ↑Afroasiatic, ↑Afro Asiatic, ↑Afroasiatic language, ↑Afrasian, ↑Afrasian language, ↑Hamito Semitic …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hamitic — adj. of or pertaining to the Hamites and/or their language n. non Semitic branch languages within the Afro asiatic family of languages (primarily languages of northern and eastern Africa) …   English contemporary dictionary

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