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1A member of an ancient people mentioned by Herodotus and thought to have inhabited a region near Lake Van in modern-day Turkey.
2Linguistics. A name given to various hypothetical families or superfamilies of languages from western Asia, particularly the Caucasus, and sometimes thought to be linked to the language of the ancient Alarodians. Now rare.
Originally: of or relating to the Alarodians. In later use also: of or relating to a language family called Alarodian. Now rare.
Early 18th century. From ancient Greek Ἀλαρόδιοι (plural), the name of an ancient people (Herodotus) + -an.
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