- a Dravidian language spoken in extreme southwestern India.
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Examples from the Web for malayalam
I know of no complete record of the terminology of the fourth chief language of South India, Malayalam.Kinship and Social Organisation
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In 1901 the total number of speakers of Malayalam in all India was just about six millions.
- a language of SW India, belonging to the Dravidian family and closely related to Tamil: the state language of Kerala
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Word Origin and History for malayalam
1837, Dravidian language of Malabar, from Dravidian Malayali, from mala "mountain" + al "possess."
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