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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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That approach drew encouragement from the start by the account of the Augustan geographer, Strabo, of Pompeii's successive domination by different ethnic groupings, which he identified as the Oscans, the Tyrrhenians (i.