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Little Russian

former name for one of the Ruthenian people or their dialect of Ukrainian.
Ukrainian (def 3). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "In this business, mother, you've got to take your heart between your teeth and hold it there tight," said the Little Russian.

    Mother Maksim Gorky
  • "And why they are themselves so bad," put in the Little Russian.

    Mother Maksim Gorky
  • The Little Russian stopped, wiped his face with his right hand, shook his head, and a dry gleam flashed in his eyes.

    Mother Maksim Gorky
  • The mother heard the Little Russian stop, and she felt that he smiled.

    Mother Maksim Gorky
  • The Little Russian began to pace up and down the room, slowly and languidly.

    Mother Maksim Gorky
  • Once a week she carried underwear and books to the Little Russian in prison.

    Mother Maksim Gorky
  • The Little Russian question in particular did not exist at all.

    The Russian Turmoil Anton Ivanovich Denikin
  • The Little Russian swayed his head, and rubbed it vigorously with both hands.

    Mother Maksim Gorky
  • She has built a school on the estate at her own expense, and teaches the children Krylov's fables translated into Little Russian.

    Letters of Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov
  • "That's natural," said the Little Russian with his usual smile.

    Mother Maksim Gorky
British Dictionary definitions for Little Russian

Little Russian

noun, adjective
a former word for Ukrainian
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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