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A branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family spoken in Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and northern Kenya and including Beja, Oromo, and Somali.

Cush·it′ic adj.


(Languages) a group of languages of Somalia, Ethiopia, NE Kenya, and adjacent regions: a subfamily within the Afro-Asiatic family of languages
(Languages) denoting, relating to, or belonging to this group of languages


or Kush•it•ic

(kəˈʃɪt ɪk)

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.
[1905–10; Cushite (see Cush, -ite1) + -ic]
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Noun1.Cushitic - a group of languages spoken in Ethiopia and Somalia and northwestern Kenya and adjacent regions
Afrasian, Afrasian language, Afroasiatic, Afro-Asiatic, Afroasiatic language, Hamito-Semitic - a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and Africa
Somali - the Cushitic language spoken by the Somali
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Tigrinya (official), Arabic (official), English (official), Tigre, Kunama, Afar, other Cushitic languages
As for Cushitic, size-related gender shifts were found only in 3 languages (Awngi, Bedawiyet and Daasanach), but I cannot exclude that they also exist in those Cushitic languages for which no information was retrieved in my sources.
Eritrea's population comprises nine ethnic groups, most of whom speak Semitic or Cushitic languages.