plural 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

Word History


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 15 Jul. 2024.

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