[ ahy-noo ]

noun,plural Ai·nus, (especially collectively) Ai·nu.
  1. a member of an aboriginal population of northernmost Japan.

  2. the language of the Ainu.

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British Dictionary definitions for Ainu


/ (ˈaɪnuː) /

  1. plural -nus or -nu a member of the aboriginal people of Japan, now mostly intermixed with Mongoloid immigrants whose skin colour is more yellowish

  2. the language of this people, sometimes tentatively associated with Altaic, still spoken in parts of Hokkaido and elsewhere

Origin of Ainu

Ainu: man

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