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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