Definition of Messapian in English:

Messapian

Pronunciation /mɛˈsapɪən/ /mɛˈseɪpɪən/ /məˈsapɪən/

adjective

  • Of or relating to Messapia, an ancient region of south-eastern Italy (modern Apulia), its pre-Roman inhabitants, or their language.

noun

  • 1A native or inhabitant of Messapia.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Joshua Sylvester (d. 1618), poet and translator. From classical Latin Messāpius of or belonging to Messapia (from classical Latin Messāpia (from Hellenistic Greek Μεσσαπία, an ancient name for the Salentine peninsula, probably of Illyrian origin) + -ius, suffix forming adjectives) + -an.