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Karelian

[kuh-ree-lee-uh n, -reel-yuh n] /kəˈri li ən, -ˈril yən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Karelia, its people, or their language.
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Karelia.
3.
the Uralic language of the Karelians, sometimes regarded as a dialect of Finnish.
Origin of Karelian
1850-1855
First recorded in 1850-55; Kareli(a) + -an
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  • She was brown-eyed and brown-haired, like her Karelian mother who belonged to the other decided type of Finn.

    Our Little Finnish Cousin Clara Vostrovsky Winlow
British Dictionary definitions for Karelian

Karelian

/kəˈriːlɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Karelia, its people, or their language
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Karelia
3.
the dialect of Finnish spoken in Karelia
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