/os"keuhn/, n.
1. one of an ancient people of south-central Italy.
2. the Indo-European, probably Italic, language of the Oscans, written in an alphabet derived from the Etruscan.
3. of or pertaining to the Oscans or their language.
[1590-1600; L Osc(i) the Oscans + -AN1]

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