n. & adj.
1 a member of a dark-skinned aboriginal people of S. India and Sri Lanka (including the Tamils and Kanarese).
2 any of the group of languages spoken by this people.
—adj. of or relating to this people or group of languages.
Etymology: Skr. Dravida, a province of S. India

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