Dravidians drəvĭd´ēəns [key], name sometimes given to the peoples of S and central India and N Sri Lanka who speak Dravidian languages . They are so called for purely linguistic reasons the peoples are of varying racial types. It is thought that Dravidian-speaking peoples may have been spread throughout the Indian subcontinent before the invasions of the Aryans .

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