Definition of Messapic in US English:

Messapic

noun

  • A pre-Roman language known from several hundred inscriptions (mostly funerary) found in the Salentine peninsula of south-eastern Italy (modern Apulia), which are written in two similar alphabets, both of Greek origin.

adjective

  • Of or relating to Messapic or the ancient region of Messapia.

Origin

1930s; earliest use found in Willem Laurens Graff (b. 1890). From classical Latin Messāpii (plural) inhabitants of Messapia + -ic.