Group of non-Indo-European peoples of the Deccan region of India and in N Sri Lanka. The Dravidian language family is large, with about 20 languages spoken in S India; the main ones are Tamil, which has a literary tradition 2,000 years old; Kanarese; Telugu; Malayalam; and Tulu.
1. A large family of languages spoken in south and central India and Sri Lanka; Also called: Dravidic, Dravidian language.
2. A member of one of the aboriginal races of India (pushed south by Caucasians and now mixed with them).
Pripadnik drevnog indijskog naroda.
Jezici kojima su govorili presanskrtski prastanovnici Prednje Indije, koji i danas predstavljaju glavni deo stanovništva poluostrva Dekana; dekanski jezici.