Afro-Asiatic languages

plural noun
Af·​ro-Asi·​at·​ic languages | \ ˌa-frō-ˌā-zhē-ˈa-tik- How to pronounce Afro-Asiatic languages (audio) , -zē- also -shē- \

Definition of Afro-Asiatic languages

: a family of languages widely distributed over southwestern Asia and northern Africa, comprising the Semitic, Egyptian, Berber, Cushitic, and Chad subfamilies — see hamitic languages

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First Known Use of Afro-Asiatic languages

circa 1957, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Afro-Asiatic languages was circa 1957

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“Afro-Asiatic languages.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Afro-Asiatic%20languages. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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