Tun·​gan | \ (ˈ)təŋ¦gän, (ˈ)tu̇ŋ- \
variants: or less commonly Dungan \ (ˈ)də-​ , (ˈ)du̇-​ \
plural Tungan or Tungans also Dungan or Dungans

Definition of Tungan

1a : a people of Turkestan found also in large numbers in Kansu Province and the Sining region of Chinghai Province in northwest China
b : a member of such people
2 : the language of the Tungan people

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History and Etymology for Tungan

German Tunganen, Dunganen, from Jagatai Döngan, probably from dönmek to convert

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“Tungan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tungan. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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