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ˈɒs kənos·can

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Oscannoun

    an Oscan-speaking member of an ancient people of Campania

  2. Oscannoun

    an extinct Italic language of ancient southern Italy


  1. Oscannoun

    A member of an ancient group of Italic-speaking peoples of Campania (the Osci).

  2. Oscanadjective

    Of or pertaining to the Oscan language or Oscan people, or their writing system.

  3. Oscannoun

    The language of the Oscan people.


  1. oscan

    Oscan is an extinct Indo-European language of southern Italy. The language is in the Osco-Umbrian or Sabellic branch of the Italic languages. Oscan is therefore a close relative of Umbrian. Oscan was spoken by a number of tribes, including the Samnites, the Aurunci (Ausones), and the Sidicini. The latter two tribes were often grouped under the name "Osci". The Oscan group is part of the Osco-Umbrian or Sabellic family, and includes the Oscan language and three variants (Hernican, Marrucinian and Paelignian) known only from inscriptions left by the Hernici, Marrucini and Paeligni, minor tribes of eastern central Italy. Adapted from the Etruscan alphabet, the Central Oscan alphabet was used to write Oscan in Campania and surrounding territories from the 5th century BCE until possibly the 1st century CE.


  1. oscan

    Oscan is an ancient Italic language, spoken by a group of tribes called the Osci or Oscan people, inhabiting Southern Italy around the 5th century BC. It is part of the Osco-Umbrian or Sabellic family of languages. Extinct by the 1st century AD, Oscan is known from inscriptions and written texts. It is considered crucial to the study of the linguistic history of the Italian peninsula.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Oscan

    os′kan, n. and adj. one of an ancient Italic race in southern Italy: a language closely akin to Latin, being a ruder and more primitive form of the same central Italic tongue.

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  1. ascon

  2. canso

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oscan in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oscan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7


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