Meaning of Messapic in English:

Messapic

noun

  • A pre-Roman language known from several hundred inscriptions (mostly funerary) found in the Salentine peninsula of south-eastern Italy (modern Apulia), which are written in two similar alphabets, both of Greek origin.

    Often identified or compared with Illyrian, about which, however, little is known; the language is clearly Indo-European but not a member of the Italic group.

Pronunciation

Messapic

/mɛˈsapɪk/ /mɛˈseɪpɪk/ /məˈsapɪk/

adjective

  • Of or relating to Messapic or the ancient region of Messapia.

Pronunciation

Messapic

/mɛˈsapɪk/ /mɛˈseɪpɪk/ /məˈsapɪk/

Origin

1930s; earliest use found in Willem Laurens Graff (b. 1890). From classical Latin Messāpii (plural) inhabitants of Messapia (use as noun of masculine plural of Messāpius, adjective) + -ic.