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Accadian

[uh-key-dee-uh n, uh-kah-]
noun, adjective
  1. Akkadian.
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Akkadian

or Ac·ca·di·an

[uh-key-dee-uh n, uh-kah-]
noun
  1. the eastern Semitic language, now extinct, of Assyria and Babylonia, written with a cuneiform script.
  2. one of the Akkadian people.
  3. Obsolete. Sumerian.
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adjective
  1. of or belonging to Akkad.
  2. of or relating to the eastern Semitic language called Akkadian.
  3. Obsolete. Sumerian.
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Origin of Akkadian

First recorded in 1850–55; Akkad + -ian
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Examples from the Web for accadian

Historical Examples of accadian

  • The Accadian conceived of the earth as resembling a huge, inverted bowl.

    The World's Progress, Vol. I (of X)

    Various

  • A large portion of it was translated from Accadian originals.

    Assyria, Its Princes, Priests and People

    A. H. (Archibald Henry) Sayce

  • In the Accadian language it was called Dilkur, “the dawn proclaimer.”

  • But for any real information as to Chinese origins we are indebted to recent discoveries of Accadian records.

    Human Origins

    Samuel Laing

  • M. François Lenormant has written an extremely instructive chapter in comparison of the Accadian and the Finnish mythologies.

    Demonology and Devil-lore

    Moncure Daniel Conway


British Dictionary definitions for accadian

Akkadian

Accadian

noun
  1. a member of an ancient Semitic people who lived in central Mesopotamia in the third millennium bc
  2. the extinct language of this people, belonging to the E Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family
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adjective
  1. of or relating to this people or their language
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Word Origin and History for accadian

Akkadian

1855, from Akkad (Sumerian Agde, Biblical Acca), name of city founded by Sargon I in northern Babylonia, of unknown origin; applied by modern scholars to the east Semitic language spoken there (c.2300-2100 B.C.E.) and preserved in cuneiform inscriptions.

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