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germanic

[ jer-man-ik, -mey-nik ]
/ dʒərˈmæn ɪk, -ˈmeɪ nɪk /
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adjective Chemistry.
of or containing germanium, especially in the tetravalent state.
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Origin of germanic

First recorded in 1885–90; german(ium) + -ic

Other definitions for germanic (2 of 2)

Germanic
[ jer-man-ik ]
/ dʒərˈmæn ɪk /

adjective
of or relating to the Teutons or their languages.
of, relating to, or noting the Germanic branch of languages.
noun
a branch of the Indo-European family of languages including German, Dutch, English, the Scandinavian languages, Afrikaans, Flemish, Frisian, and the extinct Gothic language. Abbreviations: Gmc, Gmc.
an ancient Indo-European language, the immediate linguistic ancestor of the Germanic languages. Abbreviations: Gmc, Gmc.

Origin of Germanic

First recorded in 1625–35; from Latin Germānicus “pertaining to Germany or the Germans”; see origin at German, -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for germanic (1 of 2)

germanic
/ (dʒɜːˈmænɪk) /

adjective
of or containing germanium in the tetravalent state

British Dictionary definitions for germanic (2 of 2)

Germanic
/ (dʒɜːˈmænɪk) /

noun
a branch of the Indo-European family of languages that includes English, Dutch, German, the Scandinavian languages, and GothicAbbreviation: Gmc See East Germanic, West Germanic, North Germanic
the unrecorded language from which all of these languages developed; Proto-Germanic
adjective
of, denoting, or relating to this group of languages
of, relating to, or characteristic of Germany, the German language, or any people that speaks a Germanic language
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