Nos·​trat·​ic | \ nȯˈstratik, nä-, nə-, -atik \
plural -s

Definition of Nostratic

: a hypothesized family of languages ancestral to several of the established language families of Eurasia and northern Africa and including in some classifications the Indo-European, Uralic, Altaic, Kartvelian, Dravidian, and Afro-Asiatic languages

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History and Etymology for Nostratic

modification of Danish nostratisk, from Latin nostrat-, nostras native, of our people (from noster our) + Danish -isk -ish

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“Nostratic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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