- a member of a people living in central Asia until about 1000
- their extinct Indo-European language, comprising an eastern dialect (Tocharian A) and a western dialect (Tocharian B): the earliest record known is from the 7th cent.
Origin of Tocharianformerly identified with Classical Greek Tocharoi, a central Asian people mentioned by Strabo
of the Tocharians or their language or culture
- A member of a people living in Chinese Turkistan until about the tenth century.
- Either of the two Indo-European languages of this people, called Tocharian A and Tocharian B, recorded from the seventh to the ninth century.
- A branch of the Indo-European language family consisting of the two Tocharian languages.
Origin of TocharianFrom Latin Tochar&imacron;, a people of ancient Central Asia (originally identified with the Tocharians by modern scholars after the first discovery of Tocharian texts), from Greek Tokharoi.