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1. A branch of the Indo-European language family that comprises the Indic and Iranian languages.
2. A member of any of the peoples speaking an Indo-Iranian language.

In′do-I·ra′ni·an adj.


(Languages) of or relating to the Indic and Iranian branches of the Indo-European family of languages
(Languages) this group of languages, sometimes considered as forming a single branch of Indo-European


(ˈɪn doʊ ɪˈreɪ ni ən, -ɪˈrɑ-, -aɪˈreɪ-)

a family of languages, a branch of the Indo-European family, that includes the Indo-Aryan and Iranian languages.
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Noun1.Indo-Iranian - the branch of the Indo-European family of languages including the Indic and Iranian language groups
Indo-European language, Indo-Hittite, Indo-European - the family of languages that by 1000 BC were spoken throughout Europe and in parts of southwestern and southern Asia
Indic, Indo-Aryan - a branch of the Indo-Iranian family of languages
Iranian language, Iranian - the modern Persian language spoken in Iran
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The question has been raised therefore, what caused this special position of the Indo-Iranians.
Sten Konow (97) and Michael Witzel (98) suggested that the ancestors of the Indo-Iranians developed a belief in deities called asura "lords" in the steppes of Central Asia before entering Iran.
King Jamshid (Yima or Yama of the Indo-Iranian lore) symbolizes the transition of the Indo-Iranians from animal hunting to animal husbandry and a more settled life in human history.
Since the 2nd millennium BC, regions now inhabited by Pashtoons have seen invasions and migrations, including by Indo-Iranians, Iranian peoples, Indo-Aryans, Medes, Persians, Mauryas, Scythians, Kushans, Hephthalites, Greeks, Arabs, Turks, Mongols, he added.
The book under review summarises the results of many years' work by Elena Kuzmina, the eminent Russian archaeologist who has devoted her life to the study of Eurasian cultures and the origins of the Indo-Iranians.
Fussman provides a balanced assessment of the prospects of finding any clear-cut markers that would point specifically to Indo-Iranians, Iranians, or Indo-Aryans within the area of the Andronovo culture east of the Caspian Sea down through Bactria, Margiana, and the Indus Valley, the likely route taken by the Indians and Iranians into their current homes.
Did the Indo-Iranians consider one particular god as king or lord over all the other gods?
The middle of the second millennium BC witnessed the first mention of Indo-Iranian people and of names in its language.

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