a. Capable of speech.
b. Involving speaking or talking: has a speaking part in the play.
2. Expressive or telling; eloquent.
3. True to life; lifelike: a speaking likeness.
on speaking terms
1. Friendly enough to exchange superficial remarks: We're on speaking terms with the new neighbors.
2. Ready and willing to communicate; not alienated or estranged.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.