Dravidian

noun

Dra·​vid·​i·​an drə-ˈvi-dē-ən How to pronounce Dravidian (audio)
1
: a member of an ancient dark-skinned people of southern India
2
Dravidian adjective

Word History

Etymology

Sanskrit Drāviḍa

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Dravidian was in 1856

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“Dravidian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dravidian. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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