Hsiung-Nu

noun
\ shēˈu̇ŋˈnü \
plural Hsiung-Nu

Definition of Hsiung-Nu

: an ancient horse-using people related to or identical with the Huns, including the Jung and Ti peoples of Chinese history, and recorded in Chinese annals as being a powerful nation and in the 3d century b.c. occupying all the country between the Caspian sea and the Great Wall and dominating much of Mongolia

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History and Etymology for Hsiung-Nu

Chinese (Pekingese) hsiung1 nu2, from hsiung1 cruel, fierce + nu2 slave, servant

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“Hsiung-Nu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hsiung-Nu. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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