plural -s
: 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

Word History


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 26 May. 2024.

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