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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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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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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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).
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