Pronunciation: (al-tā'ik), [key]
the Turkic, Mongolian, and Tungusic language families collectively, spoken over a broad expanse of Eurasia, from southeastern Europe to the Pacific: variously considered to be a single, genetically related family, with Japanese and Korean sometimes also included, or a group of languages with shared typologies and histories, but not genetically akin.
1. of or belonging to Altaic.
2. of or pertaining to the Altai Mountains. Also,Al•ta•ianPronunciation: (al-tā'un, -tī-). [key]
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