Pronunciation: (ôr"ē-en'tl-iz"um, ōr"-), [key]
—n. (often l.c.)
1. a peculiarity or idiosyncrasy of the Oriental peoples.
2. the character or characteristics of the Oriental peoples.
3. the knowledge and study of Oriental languages, literature, etc.
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