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An extinct Indo-European language preserved in inscriptions from southeast Italy that date from the sixth to the first century bc. Also called Messapian.
Of or relating to Messapic or its speakers.
[From Latin Messāpia, ancient name for the region of Italy containing Apulia and Calabria.]
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Mes•sa•pic(məˈseɪ pɪk, -ˈsæp ɪk)
an extinct Indo-European language of pre-Roman SE Italy.
[1765–75; < Latin Mesāp(ius) pertaining to Messāpia the Calabrian peninsula + -ic]
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