Tungus

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtʊŋɡʊs/, /ˈtʊŋɡuːs/

Etymology[edit]

From Russian тунгус (tungus), supposedly deriving from donki, a self-designation of certain Siberian groups, or alternatively from a Yakut name for the Evenki. [1]

A controversial theory further connects the word with Chinese 東胡 (Donghu, literally Eastern barbarians), an ancient people of North China.

Noun[edit]

Tungus (plural Tunguses)

  1. A member of any Tungusic people.

Proper noun[edit]

Tungus

  1. (dated, possibly obsolete) The Evenki language.

References[edit]

  1. ^ New Light on the Origins of the Manchus, Pei Huang, 1990

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