satem

adjective
sa·​tem | \ ˈsä-təm How to pronounce satem (audio) \

Definition of satem

: of, relating to, or constituting an Indo-European language group in which the palatal stops became in prehistoric times palatal or alveolar fricatives — compare centum

First Known Use of satem

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for satem

Avestan satəm hundred; from the fact that its initial sound (derived from an alveolar fricative) is the representative of an Indo-European palatal stop — more at hundred

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“Satem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/satem. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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