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Kalmuck

or Kalmuk

[kal-muhk, kal-muhk] /ˈkæl mʌk, kælˈmʌk/
noun
1.
a member of any of a group of Buddhistic Mongol tribes of a region extending from western China to the valley of the lower Volga River.
2.
a Mongolian language used by the part of the Kalmuck people that was formerly powerful in northwest China, specifically in Dzungaria, and is now relocated northwest of the Caspian Sea.
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Historical Examples
  • "I never said anything like that," refuted the Kalmuck, with coldness in his voice.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
  • No pursuit was needed, even to satisfy the Kalmuck spirit of revenge.

  • Chotolo has the same meaning as Chamuk, the one in Kalmuck and the other in Tibetian.

  • He was the true and absolute wielder of the Kalmuck sceptre.

  • There's force in the savage Kalmuck, in the Mongolian; but what is it to us?

    Fathers and Children

    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
  • Different tribes have different dresses: this is the dress of the Kalmuck Tartar.

    Far Off

    Favell Lee Mortimer
  • The harsh tone and peremptory demands of the envoys aroused hostile feelings among the Kalmuck chiefs.

  • A Russian gentleman, Weseloff by name, was held prisoner in the Kalmuck camp, and had been brought that far on their route.

  • You fancy yourselves advanced people, and all the while you are only fit for the Kalmuck's hovel!

    Fathers and Children

    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
  • Yes, you may look upon yourselves as 'the coming race,' yet you are fit but to sit in a Kalmuck shanty. '

    Fathers and Sons Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
British Dictionary definitions for Kalmuck

Kalmuck

/ˈkælmʌk/
noun
1.
(pl) -mucks, -muck, -myks, -myk. a member of a Mongoloid people of Buddhist tradition, who migrated from W China in the 17th century
2.
the language of this people, belonging to the Mongolic branch of the Altaic family
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