variants or Cheremiss
plural Cheremis or Cheremises or Cheremiss or Cheremisses
: one of a Finnish people of eastern Russia that are farmers and forest dwellers in the Mari and Bashkir republics of the U.S.S.R.

called also Mari

: the Finno-Ugric language of the Cheremis people

Word History


Russian Cheremis, from Old Russian Čermisy, probably from Chuvash Śarmîś

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“Cheremis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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