To·​char·​i·​an | \ tō-ˈker-ē-ən How to pronounce Tocharian (audio) , -ˈkär- How to pronounce Tocharian (audio) \
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Definition of Tocharian

1a : a language of central Asia known from documents from the sixth to eighth centuries a.d.
b : a branch of the Indo-European language family containing Tocharian — see Indo-European Languages Table
2 : a member of a people of presumably Indo-European speech dwelling in central Asia during the first millennium of the Christian era

First Known Use of Tocharian

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for Tocharian

Greek Tocharoi

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“Tocharian.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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