Dravidic


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Dra·vid·i·an

 (drə-vĭd′ē-ən)
n.
1. A large family of languages spoken especially in southern India and northern Sri Lanka that includes Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada.
2. A member of any of the peoples that speak one of the Dravidian languages, especially a member of one of the pre-Indo-European peoples of southern India.

[From Sanskrit drāviḍaḥ, a Dravidian.]

Dra·vid′i·an, Dra·vid′ic (-vĭd′ĭk) adj.
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Noun1.Dravidic - a large family of languages spoken in south and central India and Sri Lanka
natural language, tongue - a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
South Dravidian - a Dravidian language spoken primarily in southern India
South-Central Dravidian - a Dravidian language spoken primarily in south central India
Central Dravidian - a Dravidian language spoken primarily in central India
North Dravidian - a Dravidian language spoken primarily in eastern India
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Speaking only for myself, I shall note here two short papers that Hockings failed to notice: "Etymological and Cultural Notes on Irula Lexis," in Ex Pede Pontis (Prague, 1992), 279--87; and "Irula Songs," PILC Journal of Dravidic Studies 5.
She quotes earlier scholarly attempts to that effect, and concludes that "the Dravidic etymologies used by M.