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Os·can

 (ŏs′kən)
n.
1. A member of an ancient people of Campania.
2. The Italic language of the Oscans.

Os′can adj.

Oscan

(ˈɒskən)
n
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
adj
(Languages) of or relating to this language

Os•can

(ˈɒs kən)

n.
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.
adj.
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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The earliest accounts of the presence of Italic tribes, divided linguistically into Latins, Umbrians and Oscans, on the territory corresponding to today's Italy, can be traced back to the 8th century BC.
Our word is perhaps from this] Young's spurious etymology attempts to link Scots ows to an Oscan word purportedly for wool.