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

  • n. An extinct Sabellic language known from inscriptions in east central Italy from the seventh to the third centuries B.C. that are among the earliest preserved Italic texts.
  • adj. Of or relating to South Picene.


From Latin Pīcēnum, ancient name for the region of Italy where the inscriptions have been found.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Indeed, so successful was Latin that it supplanted all its ancient linguistic cousins—other Italic languages once spoken on the so-called Italic Peninsula: Faliscan, Oscan, Umbrian, and South Picene.

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  • As is shown on Omniglot regarding Italic scripts, the only form of "u" used in North Picene is equivalent to the South Picene character transcribed as "uu".

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