Tocharian [tō ker′ē ən, tōkar′ē ən, tōkär′ē ən]
[formerly identified with Gr Tocharoi, a central Asian people mentioned by STRABO]
1. a member of a people living in central Asia until about A.D. 1000
2. their extinct Indo-European language, comprising an eastern dialect (Tocharian A) and a western dialect (Tocharian B): the earliest record known is from the 7th cent. A.D.
of the Tocharians or their language or culture

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