Tam·il (tăməl, tŭm-, täməl)
n. pl. Tamil or Tam·ils
1. A member of a Dravidian people of southern India and northern Sri Lanka.
2. The Dravidian language of the Tamil.
Of or relating to the Tamil or their language or culture.
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