Definition of Omotic in English:



mass noun
  • A subfamily of Afro-Asiatic languages spoken in Ethiopia, with over thirty members, all having comparatively few speakers.

    • ‘The vast majority of the languages spoken in the country can be classified within three families of the Afro-Asiatic super language family: the Semitic, Cushitic, and Omotic.’


  • Denoting or belonging to Omotic.

    • ‘Omotic speakers have been influenced linguistically and otherwise by Nilo-Saharan groups to the west and by East Cushitic groups surrounding them.’
    • ‘In the south and southwest, the Omotic family of languages are spoken by many smaller tribal groups.’
    • ‘Lameen has an intriguing post questioning whether the Omotic languages of eastern Africa are (as they are said to be) part of the Afro-Asiatic family.’
    • ‘The volume under review is evidence of growing linguistic interest in the Omotic languages of south-western Ethiopia.’
    • ‘The proposed project is an expansion and continuation of on-going research on endangered Omotic languages of Ethiopia (Dime and Zargulla) financed by the first round of NWO's Endangered Languages Programme.’


1970s: from Omo, the name of a river in SW Ethiopia, + -otic.