Chu·​vash | \ ˈchüˌväsh, chu̇ˈväsh \
plural Chuvashes\ -​ə̇z \ or Chuvash or Chuvashi\ chu̇ˈväshē \

Definition of Chuvash

1a : a people related to Mordvin and Cheremis inhabiting the Chuvash Republic of eastern Russia
b : a member of such people
2 : the Turkish dialect spoken by the Chuvash people

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History and Etymology for Chuvash

Russian, from Chuvash Tšəvaš; akin to Turkish yavaş gentle, mild, docile

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“Chuvash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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