One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(A) In the terminology of J. C. Prichard: designating the peoples of Asia and Europe whose languages belong neither to the Indo-European nor the Semitic groups, and were supposed to have been the original inhabitants of these regions; belonging to or characteristic of these peoples or their languages. Later also: relating to or designating all the languages of Eurasia, or of the world, outside the Indo-European and Semitic families. Now historical. (b) More generally: ethnically or linguistically unrelated.
A member of an Allophylian race or people. Now historical and rare.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Prichard (1786–1848), physician and ethnologist. From post-classical Latin allophylus + -ian.
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