allophylian

[ al-uh-fil-ee-uh n, -fil-yuh n ]
/ ˌæl əˈfɪl i ən, -ˈfɪl yən /

adjective Archaic.

(of languages, especially those of Europe and Asia) neither Indo-European nor Semitic.

noun

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Origin of allophylian

1835–45; < Late Latin allophyl(us) (< Greek allóphȳlos, equivalent to allo- allo- + phȳl(ḗ) tribe + -os adj. suffix) + -ian; phȳlḗ, akin to phŷlon race (see phylum)
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