lexicostatistic, lexicostatistical, adj.
/lek'si koh steuh tis"tiks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) Ling.
the statistical study of the vocabulary of a language or languages for historical purposes. Cf. glottochronology.
[1955-60; LEXIC(ON) + -O- + STATISTICS]

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