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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A putative language family of Eurasia including Turkic, Mongolic, and Tungusic.
  • adjective Of or relating to the Altai Mountains.
  • adjective Of or relating to Altaic.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to the Altai, a vast range of mountains extending in an easterly direction through a considerable portion of Asia, and forming part of the boundary between the Russian and Chinese dominions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a collective term for a group of related linguistic families including the Turkic, Tungusik and Mongolian languages, spoken over a broad area from southeastern Europe and Asia, as far east as the Pacific.
  • adjective of or pertaining to the Altaic languages.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to a hypothetical grouping of languages that includes the Turkic, Mongolic, and Tungusic and less often the Japanese and Korean languages. The most familiar modern languages of this group include Turkish, Mongolian and, more controversially, Japanese and Korean.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any member of the peoples speaking a language in the Altaic language group
  • adjective of or pertaining to or written in Altaic
  • noun a group of related languages spoken in Asia and southeastern Europe

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