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Proto-Indo-European

  

      n   the prehistoric unrecorded language that was the ancestor of all Indo-European languages  
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Indo-European  
      adj  
1    denoting, belonging to, or relating to a family of languages that includes English and many other culturally and politically important languages of the world: a characteristic feature, esp. of the older languages such as Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit, is inflection showing gender, number, and case  
2    denoting or relating to the hypothetical parent language of this family, primitive Indo-European  
3    denoting, belonging to, or relating to any of the peoples speaking these languages  
      n  
4    the Indo-European family of languages  
5      (Also called)    primitive Indo-European, Proto-Indo-European          the reconstructed hypothetical parent language of this family  
6    a member of the prehistoric people who spoke this language  
7    a descendant of this people or a native speaker of an Indo-European language  

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