Definition of Asiatic in English:

Asiatic

Pronunciation /ˌeɪʃɪˈatɪk//ˌeɪʒɪˈatɪk/

adjective

  • Relating to or deriving from Asia.

    ‘Asiatic coastal regions’
    • ‘When the first Spanish and Portuguese explorers arrived in the New World they found Asiatic chickens.’
    • ‘Arna is a 46-year old Asiatic elephant who was transported to Australia as an orphan from Vietnam many decades ago.’
    • ‘The Asiatic lion once roamed the forests of Asia Minor, Arabia, Persia and India.’
    • ‘Among the wildflowers, most of which bloom in April and May, are jack-in-the-pulpit, several kinds of violets, and Asiatic dayflower.’
    • ‘I've nearly done a long, leisurely Asiatic tale in which there are hardly any Englishmen.’
    • ‘Fewer than 300 Asiatic lions are left in the wild - all concentrated in the same area, the Gir Forest in Gujarat, India - while only 200 live in captivity.’
    • ‘Woolly mammoths grew to about the size of present-day Asiatic elephants, possessed warm coats consisting of long, brown guard hairs and soft underwool, large curved ivory tusks, and knob-like heads.’
    • ‘After receiving her master's degree, she headed to the University of Minnesota to undertake advanced studies on Asiatic bears in general and the Formosa black bear in particular.’
    • ‘A few years later I was in the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park in India's Gujarat state, where the last remaining Asiatic lions live.’
    • ‘When the religion was established, its founders were influenced by Greek philosophy and Asiatic thought.’
    • ‘The bamboo, apparently with some genetic memory of its roots in steamy Asiatic climes, was spreading ferociously, its roots stealthily undermining surrounding shrubs and sending up a multitude of shoots in their midst.’
    • ‘For a sunny bed, I've planted wide swaths of bearded iris, Asiatic lilies, and daylilies together, which becomes the mid-summer highlight of my garden.’
    • ‘Though often pricier than Asiatic lilies, Oriental lilies have such impact in the vase that just a stem or two go a long way!’
    • ‘Warman devotes most of the remainder of the book to tracing the history of corn in major areas of the world, dealing first with Asiatic locales.’
    • ‘Several European and Asiatic spruces have promise for use as Christmas trees in Ohio.’
    • ‘They asked about the differences between an African and Asiatic lion, about how a radio collar works and how the shrinking forests have affected the animals.’
    • ‘Geographically, the 500-square kilometre Kunopalpur forest, partly covered with grassland required for Asiatic Lion, is said to be more suitable for the lions.’
    • ‘The arrival of Asiatic cholera in Europe in 1830, against which quarantines proved singularly ineffective, heralded the demise of the system.’
    • ‘As a rule, Asiatic lilies have tall, strong stems with 4-to 6-inch leaves radiating outward along the stem and clusters of flowers at the top.’
    • ‘In the intervening years the ruble collapsed along with other Asiatic currencies.’

noun

offensive
  • An Asian person.

Usage

The standard and accepted term when referring to individual people is Asian rather than Asiatic, which can be offensive. However, Asiatic is standard in scientific and technical use, for example in biological and anthropological classifications

Origin

Via Latin Asiaticus from Greek Asiatikos, from Asia (see Asia).

Pronunciation

Asiatic

/ˌeɪʃɪˈatɪk//ˌeɪʒɪˈatɪk/