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1. A member of an ancient people of Campania.
2. The Italic language of the Oscans.

Os′can adj.


1. (Languages) an extinct language of ancient S Italy belonging to the Italic branch of the Indo-European family. See also Osco-Umbrian
2. (Peoples) a speaker of this language; Samnite
(Languages) of or relating to this language


(ˈɒs kən)

1. an Italic language spoken in much of central and S Italy: gradually supplanted by Latin after the absorption of the area by Rome in the 3rd century b.c.
2. a member of any of the Oscan-speaking peoples of ancient Italy.
3. of or pertaining to Oscan or its speakers.
[1590–1600; Latin Osc(ī) the Oscans + -an1]
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Noun1.Oscan - an Oscan-speaking member of an ancient people of Campania
Campania - a region of southwestern Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea including the islands of Capri and Ischia
Italian - a native or inhabitant of Italy
2.Oscan - an extinct Italic language of ancient southern Italy
Osco-Umbrian - a group of dead languages of ancient Italy; they were displace by Latin
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Our word is perhaps from this] Young's spurious etymology attempts to link Scots ows to an Oscan word purportedly for wool.
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This variation in the forms which Vulgar Latin took arguably resulted in part from the fact that the pre-Roman peoples spoke a variety of different, and in some cases unrelated, languages (such as Oscan, Umbran, Celtic, and Etruscan).
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Although Erdogan, currently, has retained some popularity, the graft has seriously tarnished image of his political party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP), and is feared to scuttle his future bids to be elected president, Mustafa Oscan, a political analyst, told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) in an interview.
IA is also reported in Hittite, Old Persian, Oscan and Umbrian (Hahn 1964), Vedic and Sanskrit (Gonda 1975 : 195), Middle High German (Pittner 1995) and Modern Church Slavonic ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] 1619 : 238).
As Brian Campbell, a professor of Roman history at Queen's University in Belfast, notes, around 40 separate Italic languages and dialects such as Oscan, Volscian, Venetic, and Umbrian were spoken by Rome's neighbors until Latin became the dominant dialect of this region on the heels of Rome's military success.
In Sabellian, the attested accusatives of singular personal pronouns include the Volscian miom, Umbrian and South Picene tiom and Oscan siom (Rix, La lingua, 231, n.
The other three are in the Common Sabellian subgroup: Oscan, Umbrian, and South Picene.
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