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ancient Semitic language of Assyria and Babylonia
native or inhabitant of the ancient Mesopotamian kingdom of Akkad
of or pertaining to the ancient Mesopotamian kingdom of Akkad; of or pertaining to Akkadian, of or pertaining to the ancient language of Assyria and Babylonia


Akkadian (lišanum akkaditum, ak.kADû) (also Accadian, Assyro-Babylonian) is an extinct Semitic language (part of the greater Afroasiatic language family) that was spoken in ancient Mesopotamia. The earliest attested Semitic language, it used the cuneiform writing system, which was originally used to write ancient Sumerian, an unrelated language isolate. The name of the language is derived from the city of Akkad, a major center of Semitic Mesopotamian civilization during the Akkadian Empire (ca. 2334–2154 BC), although the language predates the founding of Akkad.

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Extinct Semitic language of the Northern Peripheral group, spoken in Mesopotamia.


Noun
1. an ancient branch of the Semitic languages
(hypernym) Semitic
(hyponym) Assyrian
(classification) Mesopotamia



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