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Via Latin from Ancient Greek ἰνδικός (indikós), from Ἰνδία (Indía).

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  1. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (linguistics) A branch of the Indo-European family of languages comprising Sanskrit and its modern descendants such as Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi.
    • 1986, Margie J. Cunningham O'Bryan, The History and Development of the Verbal System of Early Middle Indic:
    • 1983, Philip Baldi, An Introduction to the Indo-European Languages, SIU Press, →ISBN, page 51:
      Second , it is the only group that directly attests to a period of common development between two branches of the Indo - European family, namely, Indic and Iranian.
    • 2008 November 13, Andrew L Sihler, New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin, Oxford University Press, →ISBN:
      Similar transfers in Indic are fewer in number owing to the early loss of the aor.: for example, the pres. cayate 'notices' (aoristic root ci-, PIE *kʷey) is in origin the subj. of root aorist ácet, and displaces the earlier redup. Pres cikéṣi (AV), imperf. áciket (RV).




Indic (not comparable)

  1. Relating to or denoting the group of Indo-European languages comprising Sanskrit and the modern Indian languages which are its descendants.
  2. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (by extension) Relating to other languages of India, which use Brahmic scripts.
  3. Relating to the Brahmic scripts themselves.
  4. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) Pertaining to India or its people, culture and languages; Indian.
    • 2003, Sushil Mittal, Surprising Bedfellows: Hindus and Muslims in Medieval and Early Modern India, Lexington Books, →ISBN, page 38:
      Clearly, men like ʽAin al-Mulk and Aravit Rama Raja could not have migrated successfully between the predominantly Islamicate world of Bijapur and Golconda and the more Indic world of Vijayanagara had they not been proficient in Telugu or Kannada as well as in Dakhni or Persian.
    • 2014 January 1, Susan L. Huntington; John C. Huntington, The Art of Ancient India: Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Motilal Banarsidass, →ISBN, page 16:
      Quite different in style from the red stone torso, it also shows links to later Indic art (Fig. 2.5). Found at Mohenjo-Daro in one of the later strata, this small image is probably of a date late in the history of the site.
    • 2022 February 19, Deepak Jena, Decoding India, FanatiXx Publication, page 138:
      Indic philosophy, on the other hand, divides people into three groups, as it has two separate definitions for Dharma and religion.

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