Caucasian


Caucasian
/kaw kay"zheuhn, -sheuhn, -kazh"euhn, -kash"-/, adj. Also, Caucasic /kaw kas"ik, -kaz"-/.
1. Anthropol. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of one of the traditional racial divisions of humankind, marked by fair to dark skin, straight to tightly curled hair, and light to very dark eyes, and originally inhabiting Europe, parts of North Africa, western Asia, and India: no longer in technical use.
2. of or pertaining to the Caucasus mountain range.
3. of or related to the non-Indo-European, non-Turkic languages of the Caucasus region.
n.
4. Anthropol. a member of the peoples traditionally classified as the Caucasian race, esp. those peoples having light to fair skin: no longer in technical use.
5. a native of Caucasia.
[1800-10; < L Caucasi(us) ( < Gk Kaukásios, equiv. to Kaúkas(os) CAUCASUS + -ios adj. suffix) + -AN]

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