proper noun (wikipedia, Occidental language)
- An artificial language, once renamed Interlingue in an attempt to compete with Interlingua
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- Western Christian of the Latin rite
- Of, pertaining to, or situated in, the occident, or west; western; " opposed to oriental; as, occidental climates, or customs; an occidental planet.
- Possessing inferior hardness, brilliancy, or beauty; " used of inferior precious stones and gems, because those found in the Orient are generally superior.
Etymology: The term comes from the Latin word occidentem meaning the "western sky, part of the sky in which the sun sets." http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=occident&searchmode=none And like the term western, it is often used only to refer to things of or pertaining to France and England, and later came to include United States and Canada.
- French, occidental
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