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 (lo͞o′vē-ən) also Lu·wi·an (-wē-ən)
1. A language of the extinct ancient Anatolian branch of Indo-European, attested in documents and inscriptions from Anatolia and Syria from the second and first millennia bc.
2. A speaker of Luvian.
Of or relating to the Luvians, their culture, or their language.

[From Hittite Lūiya, ancient region in Anatolia.]
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(ˈlu i ən)

1. an extinct Indo-European language of S Anatolia, contemporary with and closely related to Hittite, and attested in both cuneiform and a hieroglyphic script.
2. of or pertaining to Luwian.
[1920–25; Luwi nation of ancient Asia Minor + -an1]
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Noun1.Luwian - an Anatolian language
Anatolian, Anatolian language - an extinct branch of the Indo-European family of languages known from inscriptions and important in the reconstruction of Proto-Indo European
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