Dravidian language

Dravidian language
a large family of languages spoken in south and central India and Sri Lanka
Syn: ↑Dravidian, ↑Dravidic
Hypernyms: ↑natural language, ↑tongue

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Usage: usually capitalized D
: a language of a family of languages that are used in southern India, northern Ceylon, and in the isolated case of Brahui in West Pakistan, that have no established genetic relationship to any other family, and that are classified into a Dravida group comprising Tamil, Malayalam, Kanarese, Kurukh, and Malto, an Andhra group comprising Telugu, Gondi, and Khond, and a Brahui group containing only Brahui

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