Definitions for etruscanɪˈtrʌs kən
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a native or inhabitant of ancient Etruria; the Etruscans influenced the Romans (who had suppressed them by about 200 BC)
An inhabitant of ancient Etruria.
Of or pertaining to the region and culture of Etruria, a pre-Roman civilization in Italy.
The extinct language of Etruria, which has no known relation to any other language.
of or relating to Etruria
a native or inhabitant of Etruria
Origin: [L. Etruscus.]
The Etruscan language was the spoken and written language of the Etruscan civilization, in Italy, in the ancient region of Etruria and in parts of Lombardy, Veneto, and Emilia-Romagna. Etruscan influenced Latin, but was eventually completely superseded by it. The Etruscans left around 10,000 inscriptions which have been found so far, only a handful of which are of significant length, some bilingual inscriptions with texts also in Latin, Greek or Phoenician, and a few dozen loanwords, such as the name Roma, but Etruscan's influence was significant. Attested from 700 BC to AD 50, the language has historically been referred to as an isolate, as it is not related to any living language, but consensus now holds that it is one of the Tyrsenian languages, along with the Raetic language of the Alps and the Lemnian language of the Aegean island of Lemnos. Lacking large corpora or extended texts, more distant relations of that family are unclear. A connection to the Anatolian languages, or at a further remove to Proto-Indo-European, has been suggested, while Russian scholars such as Sergei Starostin have suggested a link to the highly speculative Dené–Caucasian macrophylum.
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