from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An extinct Indo-European language preserved in inscriptions from southeast Italy that date from the sixth to the first century B.C. Also called Messapian.
  • adj. Of or relating to Messapic or its speakers.

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  • adj. alternative form of Messapian


From Latin Messāpia, ancient name for the region of Italy containing Apulia and Calabria.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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