Messapic

[muh-sey-pik, -sap-ik]
noun
  1. an Indo-European language that was spoken in what is now SE Italy and written with an alphabet derived from that of Greek.
Also Mes·sa·pi·an [muh-sey-pee-uh n] /məˈseɪ pi ən/.

Origin of Messapic

1765–75; < Latin Mesāp(ius) pertaining to Messāpia the Calabrian peninsula + -ic
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Messapic (məˈseɪpɪk, -ˈsæpɪk)

noun
  1. a scantily recorded language of an ancient people of Calabria (the Messapii), thought by some to be related to ancient Illyrian
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