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

  • adj. Of or relating to India or its peoples or cultures.
  • adj. Of or relating to the branch of the Indo-European language family comprising Sanskrit, the Prakrits, and their modern descendants, such as Bengali, Hindi-Urdu, and Punjabi.
  • n. The Indic branch of Indo-European. Also called Indo-Aryan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A branch of the Indo-European family of languages comprising Sanskrit and its modern descendants such as Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi.
  • adj. Pertaining to this group of languages.
  • adj. Pertaining to India or its people or culture; Indian.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Originating or flourishing in India: a comprehensive epithet sometimes applied to the Indo-European (Aryan) languages of India, including the ancient Sanskrit, Prakrit, and Pali, and the modern Hindi, Hindustani, Marathi, Bengali, etc.
  • Noting a hypothetical acid which, in the form of its potassium salt, C16H11N2O3K, is obtained by boiling indin, an isomer of indigo, with alcoholic potassium hydroxid. The salt is deposited in small black crystals.
  • An abbreviation of indicative.

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

  • n. a branch of the Indo-Iranian family of languages

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