Definition of Hamito-Semitic in US English:



  • former term for Afro-Asiatic
    • ‘Irish has as many features in common with non-Indo-European languages, especially with Hamito-Semitic languages, as with other Indo-European languages.’
    • ‘It is a member of the Chad group of languages frequently assigned to the Hamitic sub-family of the Hamito-Semitic family of languages.’
    • ‘Even older is the thesis that Insular Celtic in its turn has been structurally influenced in its historical development by Hamito-Semitic substrata.’
    • ‘Thus Ethiopia had to be the original homeland of all Hamito-Semitic languages.’
    • ‘Somali is one of the Cushitic languages, which form a branch of the Afro-Asiatic (Hamito-Semitic) family.’