his·tor·i·cal (hĭ-stôrĭ-kəl, -stŏr-)
a. Of or relating to history; concerned with past events: a historical account.
b. Based on past events or set in the past: a historical novel.
c. Used in or providing evidence of the past: historical costumes; historical records.
2. Concerned with phenomena as they change through time: a historical dictionary.
3. Important or famous in history. See Usage Note at historic.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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