from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Afro-Asiatic. No longer in technical use.
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- proper n. Afro-Asiatic
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to the peoples speaking Hamitic and Semitic languages which are considered members of one linguistic stock.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and Africa
As Mozeson puts it, The third son of Noah, Ham, is behind the generic term for African languages, and white gentiles in the linguistic community have no trouble with the evidence of a related Hamito-Semitic language family.
The Moors however were all Caucasian peoples - the first ones were Hamito-Semitic Arabs and Berbers; many of the latter-day ones were of Turkic, Iranian and Circassian stock The Turks, in fact, eventually took over the whole Arab Empire.
[Persian is an Indo-European language, Arabic a Hamito-Semitic language.
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