One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A group of ancient Italic languages including Oscan and Umbrian, spoken in Italy in the 1st millennium BC, before the emergence of Latin as a standard language.
- ‘Down the spine of Italy ran the major group of Osco-Umbrian.’
2A member of any of the peoples who spoke a language in the Osco-Umbrian group.
- ‘The chronologies suggested for all these invasions are hopelessly irreconcilable, going as low as 2300 BC for the Osco-Umbrians.’
Relating to the Osco-Umbrians or their languages.
- ‘The Osco-Umbrian languages have much in common with the Latin-Faliscan languages, the other subdivision of Italic.’
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