East Germanic


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East Germanic

n.
The subdivision of the Germanic languages that includes Gothic.

East Germanic

n
(Languages) a subbranch of the Germanic languages: now extinct. The only member of which records survive is Gothic

East′ German′ic


n.
the branch of Germanic that includes Gothic and the sparsely attested languages of the Burgundians and the Vandals.
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Noun1.East Germanic - an extinct branch of the Germanic languages
Germanic, Germanic language - a branch of the Indo-European family of languages; members that are spoken currently fall into two major groups: Scandinavian and West Germanic
Gothic - extinct East Germanic language of the ancient Goths; the only surviving record being fragments of a 4th-century translation of the Bible by Bishop Ulfilas
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GOTH If you were around between the 3rd and 5th Centuries, the very mention of the word 'Goth' would have struck fear into your heart as these terrifying east Germanic warriors played a big part in the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
Higgins misses Tolkien's use of Gothic names among the ancestors of the Rohirrim; Tolkien probably used Gothic--an older East Germanic language--in order to provide historical and cultural depth for the Rohirrim, thus creating a different linguistic and cultural history for them than that established for the West Germanic Anglo- Saxons.