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or Af•ro-A•si•at•ic(ˌæf roʊˌeɪ ʒiˈæt ɪk, -ˌeɪ ʃi-, -ˌeɪ zi-)
1. a family of languages spoken or formerly spoken in SW Asia and Africa, having as branches Semitic, Egyptian, Berber, Cushitic, and Chadic.adj.
2. of or pertaining to Afroasiatic.
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|Noun||1.||Afroasiatic - a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and Africa|
natural language, tongue - a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
Chadic, Chadic language, Chad - a family of Afroasiatic tonal languages (mostly two tones) spoken in the regions west and south of Lake Chad in north central Africa
Semitic - a major branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family
Egyptian - the ancient and now extinct language of Egypt under the Pharaohs; written records date back to 3000 BC
Berber - a cluster of related dialects that were once the major language of northern Africa west of Egypt; now spoken mostly in Morocco
Cushitic - a group of languages spoken in Ethiopia and Somalia and northwestern Kenya and adjacent regions
Omotic - a group of related languages spoken in a valley of southern Ethiopia; closely related to Cushitic languages