Dravidian[drə vid′ē ən]
- any of a group of intermixed peoples chiefly in S India and N Sri Lanka
- a member of any of these peoples
- the family of about 25 non-Indo-European languages spoken by these peoples, including Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu
Origin: after Sanskrit Drāviḍa, Tamil language
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- A large family of languages spoken especially in southern India and northern Sri Lanka that includes Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada.
- A member of any of the peoples that speak one of the Dravidian languages, especially a member of one of the pre-Indo-European peoples of southern India.
Origin: From Sanskrit drāviḍaḥ, a Dravidian.
- Dra·vidˈi·an, Dra·vidˈic adjective