Tungus

noun

Tun·​gus tu̇ŋ-ˈgüz How to pronounce Tungus (audio)
tən-
plural Tungus or Tunguses
1
: a member of an indigenous people of central and southeastern Siberia
2
: the Tungusic language of the Tungus people

Examples of Tungus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its subject was shamanism among the Reindeer Tungus, a collective of reindeer-herding peoples Indigenous to sub-Arctic Asia and better known today as the Evenki. Naï Zakharia, New York Times, 23 Dec. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Russian

First Known Use

1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Tungus was in 1674

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“Tungus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tungus. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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