Dravidian

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Dravidian a large family of languages spoken in south and central India and Sri Lanka
    • n Dravidian a member of one of the aboriginal races of India (pushed south by Caucasians and now mixed with them)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • prop. a Dravidian (Ethnol) Of or pertaining to the Dravida.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Dravidian Of or pertaining to Dravida or Dravira, an ancient province of southern India: specifically applied to a family of tongues spoken in southern India and Ceylon, supposed by some to be Scythian or Ural-Altaic, by others to constitute an independent group of languages. It includes Tamil, Telugu, Canarese, Malayālam or Malabar, Tulu, etc. Also called Tamilian.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dravidian dra-vid′i-an of the non-Aryan stock to which the Tamil, Telugu, Canarese, and Malayālam speaking peoples of Southern India belong: of the languages of these races.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Skr. Drāviḍa, the name of the southern portion of the peninsula of India
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sans. Drāvida, an ancient province of Southern India.

Usage

In literature:

Nafferton got a copy of that letter, and sent it, with the essay on the Dravidian Pig, to a down-country paper, which printed both in full.
"Plain Tales from the Hills" by Rudyard Kipling
Mr. Risley finds that both Kolarians, as the Sonthals, and Dravidians, as the Oraons, are in this state of totemism, like the Hos and Mundas.
"Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1" by Andrew Lang
The Madrasis and the Sinhalese are Dravidians.
"From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan" by Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
He is reading the mind of the Dravidian province.
"Freedom's Battle" by Mahatma Gandhi
BADAKANS, a Dravidian people of small stature, living on the Nilghiri Mountains, in S. India.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
They are probably Dravidian by descent, though they are in religion Hindus of the Saiva sect.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
FRAZER, R. W. Article "Dravidians (South India)," ibid.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Among the Dravidians, especially, there are many castes which trace their origin to miscegenation.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
The Moguls, about 700 B.C., introduced their ugly Dravidian art.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
The Dravidian languages have for ages been restricted to the territory they occupy at the present day.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
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In science:

Dravidian languages more computationally analyzable languages.
An OLAC Extension for Dravidian Languages
Dravidian Languages based on an OLAC Extension and a semantic ontological structure.
An OLAC Extension for Dravidian Languages
It is interesting to note that, once we endorse these ideas the processing of Dravidian languages (especially Dravidian literature) becomes a task that can be ‘quantised’.
An OLAC Extension for Dravidian Languages
The existing structure of OLAC can easily be extended (by keeping the architecture structure as such) to incorporate the copylefted contents from the Dravidian literature branch.
An OLAC Extension for Dravidian Languages
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