Oscan(redirected from Oscans)
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1. A member of an ancient people of Campania.
2. The Italic language of the Oscans.
1. (Languages) an extinct language of ancient S Italy belonging to the Italic branch of the Indo-European family. See also Osco-Umbrian
2. (Peoples) a speaker of this language; Samnite
(Languages) of or relating to this language
1. an Italic language spoken in much of central and S Italy: gradually supplanted by Latin after the absorption of the area by Rome in the 3rd century b.c.
2. a member of any of the Oscan-speaking peoples of ancient Italy.adj.
3. of or pertaining to Oscan or its speakers.
[1590–1600; Latin Osc(ī) the Oscans + -an1]
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|Noun||1.||Oscan - an Oscan-speaking member of an ancient people of Campania|
Campania - a region of southwestern Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea including the islands of Capri and Ischia
Italian - a native or inhabitant of Italy
|2.||Oscan - an extinct Italic language of ancient southern Italy|
Osco-Umbrian - a group of dead languages of ancient Italy; they were displace by Latin