American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An extinct Indo-European language preserved in inscriptions from southeast Italy that date from the sixth to the first century B.C. Also called Messapian.
- adj. Of or relating to Messapic or its speakers.
- adj. alternative form of Messapian
- From Latin Messāpia, ancient name for the region of Italy containing Apulia and Calabria. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Apart from the more recently discovered branches, there are also a number of weakly attested languages, including Venetic, Messapic, Illyrian, Thracian, and Phrygian.”
“Historians who are ready to accept that Illyrians and Albanians were one people must analyze the Messapic inscriptions, in Puglia.”
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