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

  • n. A branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family spoken in Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and northern Kenya and including Beja, Oromo, and Somali.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. pertaining to the Cushites
  • proper n. a sub-family of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages.

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

  • n. a group of languages spoken in Ethiopia and Somalia and northwestern Kenya and adjacent regions


Cushite + -ic, 19th century. (Wiktionary)



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