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A hypothetical language proposed as the parent language of Afro-Asiatic, Altaic, Dravidian, Indo-European, Kartvelian, Uralic-Yukaghir, and perhaps other language families.
[Danish nostratisk, from Latin nostrās, nostrāt-, belonging to our country or people, from noster, our, ours; see nes- in Indo-European roots.]
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a proposed family of languages comprising the Indo-European, Afroasiatic, Uralic, and Dravidian families, as well as the Altaic languages and the family of indigenous Caucasian languages that includes Georgian.
[< Dan nostratisk (Holger Pedersen, 1924) < Latin nostrāt- (s. of nostrās) of our country]
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