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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large family of languages spoken in northern Africa and southwest Asia, comprising the Semitic, Chadic, Cushitic, Berber, Omotic, and ancient Egyptian languages; formerly known as Hamito-Semitic.

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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or being a language family spoken in northern Africa and southwest Asia, and including Semitic, Egyptian, Berber, Omotic, Cushitic, and Chadic languages.

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  • n. a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and Africa
  • n. a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and Africa

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