Malayalam

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Malayalam Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    Malayalam n : a Dravidian language (closely related to Tamil) that is spoken in southwestern India
Malayalam Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Malayalam \Ma"la*ya"lam\, n. The name given to one the cultivated Dravidian languages, closely related to the Tamil. --Yule.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Malayalam'


Malayalam (pronounced /mæləˈjɑːləm/; Malayalam: മലയാളം malayāḷam pronounced  Overseas it is also used by a large population of Indian expatriates living around the globe in the Middle East, North America, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and Europe.

Malayalam most likely originated from ancient Tamil in the 6th century, of which Modern Tamil was also derived. For cultural purposes Malayalam and Sanskrit formed a language known as Manipravalam, where both languages were used in an alternating style. Malayalam is the only among the major Dravidian languages without diglossia. This means, that the Malayalam which is spoken doesn't differ from the written variant, while the Kannada and Tamil languages use a classical type for the latter.

The word "Malayalam" is spelled as a palindrome in English. However, it is not a palindrome in its own script, for three reasons: the third a is long and should properly be transliterated aa or ā (an a with a macron) while the other a’s are short; the two l consonants represent different sounds, the first l being dental (, Malayalam ള, Roman ḷ); and the final m is written as an anusvara, which denotes the same phoneme /m/ as in the initial m in this case, but the two m’s are spelled differently (the first m is a normal ma മ with an inherent vowel a, while the last m  ം is a pure consonant).

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