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A subdivision of the Germanic languages that includes High German, Low German, Yiddish, Dutch, Afrikaans, Flemish, Frisian, and English.
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(Languages) a subbranch of the Germanic languages that consists of English, Frisian, Dutch, Flemish, Afrikaans, Low German, German, Yiddish, and their associated dialects
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the branch of Germanic that includes English, Frisian, Dutch, and German. Abbr.: WGmc
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|Noun||1.||West Germanic - a branch of the Germanic languages|
Germanic, Germanic language - a branch of the Indo-European family of languages; members that are spoken currently fall into two major groups: Scandinavian and West Germanic
English, English language - an Indo-European language belonging to the West Germanic branch; the official language of Britain and the United States and most of the commonwealth countries
German language, High German, German - the standard German language; developed historically from West Germanic
Dutch - the West Germanic language of the Netherlands
Frisian - a West Germanic language spoken in Friesland in the northwestern Netherlands; a near relative of English
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