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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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Second Place: OScan OScan from Stanford University is the first standardized imaging tool for the oral cavity allowing untrained individuals to affordably screen for oral cancer and hygiene.
is to derive it from a similar formation in Oscan (Pisani, Il sostrato, 159-160 and Le lingue, 65; Buck).
The oldest Oscan region, regions VII and VIII today, had a relatively irregular street pattern.
38) This unique example of Latin endo used as postposition is matched by other Italic languages where a similar syntactic construction with *en underlies the creation of an innovative locative form (Umbrian ocrem 'on the mount' TI 6a, 46; South Picene mefun 'in medial' MC 1; and Oscan hurtin 'in the garden' SA 1, A2).
When I came here there was three metres of water," one flood victim, Oscan Ozyurt, said after returning home to Kumbag where the rains had swamped homes and shops.
Ilhan Oscan, 32, Heaton: Alan Shearer when he puts his arm in the air.
Under-11As had a convincing 13-2 victory over Stockton WE, goals came thick and fast from Gallagher (3) Metcalfe (3) Camara (2) J Breeze (2), Dundon, Oscan and A Breeze.
testis" akin to Oscan trstus witnesses; both fr[om] a prehistoric