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

  • n. A branch of the Indo-European language family that comprises the Indic and Iranian languages.
  • n. A member of any of the peoples speaking an Indo-Iranian language.

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  • n. A branch of the Indo-European language family, including the Indic and Iranian languages.
  • n. A member of any peoples speaking such a language.
  • adj. Of or relating to such a language or member.

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  • n. the branch of the Indo-European family of languages including the Indic and Iranian language groups


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  • Farther east, the Indo-Iranian branch stretches to the Himalayas.

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  • The Indic limb of the Indo-Iranian branch includes two venerable ancient languages.

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  • The answer is its distant Indo-European cousin Persian, a daughter language of Indo-Iranian.x Check is from the Persian word shāh, meaning “king.”

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  • Persians: A people of Indo-Iranian speech related to the Medes and more distantly to the tribes of northern India.

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  • The Kalash are polytheists, with a pantheon of deities and demi-gods that has been compared to that of ancient Greece, though it is much closer to Indo-Iranian (Vedic and pre-Zoroastrian) traditions.

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  • They form a subgroup of the Indo-Iranian languages, which consists of two other language groups: the Iranian and Nuristani.

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  • Based primarily on this, Douglas and Adams have reconstructed *ǵl̥lákt- , have then attempted to add dubious cognates from Indo-Iranian loaded with assumptions, and have concluded or merely asserted without firm basis rather that "... both the archaic morphological shape and the geographical distribution would seem to guarantee this item as at least a regional word in PIE."

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  • Qandahar's commercial prosperity derived from its centrality along a primary Indo-Iranian trade route and its proximity to the larger Indian Ocean trading world through the ports of Sind.

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  • I am not of Aryan extraction: that is Indo-Iranian; as far as I am aware none of my ancestors spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any related dialects. ...

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  • The only plausible cognates for 'head' are found in Italic and Germanic branches ie. only in Western IE dialects and with difficulties in sound correspondence while the Indo-Iranian words propped up as relevant comparisons are a desperate ploy to legitimize a terrible reconstruction.

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