also Tokharian noun Etymology: Greek Tocharoi Date: 1926 1. a. a language of central Asia known from documents from the sixth to eighth centuries A.D. b. a branch of the Indo-European language family containing Tocharian — see Indo-European languages table 2. a member of a people of presumably Indo-European speech dwelling in central Asia during the first millennium of the Christian era

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