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  1. noting or written in an alphabet, probably invented by St. Cyril in about a.d. 865, formerly used in writing Old Church Slavonic and other Slavic languages: almost completely replaced by Cyrillic starting about the 10th century.
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  1. the Glagolitic alphabet.
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Origin of Glagolitic

1860–65; < New Latin glagoliticus, equivalent to glagolit(a), Latinization of Serbo-Croatian glagòljica (ultimately derivative of OCS glagolŭ speech, word) + -icus -ic
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  1. of, relating to, or denoting a Slavic alphabet whose invention is attributed to Saint Cyril, preserved only in certain Roman Catholic liturgical books found in Dalmatia
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin glagoliticus, from Serbo-Croat glagolica the Glagolitic alphabet; related to Old Church Slavonic glagolŭ word
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Word Origin and History for glagolitic



1861, from Serbo-Cr. glagolica "Glagolitic alphabet," from Old Church Slavonic glagolu "word" (see call) + Greek suffix -itic. The older of the two Slavic writing systems (Cyrillic is the other), it was designed by Cyrillus c.863 C.E.

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