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Hamitic

[ha-mit-ik, huh-]
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noun
  1. (especially formerly) the non-Semitic branches of the Afroasiatic language family.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the Hamites or Hamitic.
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Origin of Hamitic

First recorded in 1880–85; Hamite + -ic
Related formsnon-Ha·mit·ic, adjective
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Hamitic

noun
  1. a group of N African languages related to Semitic. They are now classified in four separate subfamilies of the Afro-Asiatic family: Egyptian, Berber, Cushitic, and Chadic
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adjective
  1. denoting, relating to, or belonging to this group of languages
  2. denoting, belonging to, or characteristic of the Hamites
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Word Origin and History for hamitic

Hamitic

language group that included ancient Egyptian, Berber, Galla, etc.; 1842, from Ham, second son of Noah (Gen. ix:18-19).

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