noun, plural Ma·ris, (especially collectively) Ma·ri for 1.
a member of a Uralic people living in scattered communities north of Cheboksary and Kazan in European Russia, mainly in the Mari Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.
the Finnic language of the Mari.
Origin of Mari
< Russian mári (not declined) < Mari marij Mari, man
Also called Cheremis, Cheremiss.
[cher-uh-mis, -mees, cher-uh-mis, -mees]
noun, plural Cher·e·mis·es, (especially collectively) Cher·e·mis.
Origin of Cheremis
< Russian cheremís, earlier cheremísin, Old Russian (plural) chermisy, probably < Chuvash śarmîs, śarmîś Mari
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(1883–85); works of Smirnov on the Mordva, Cheremiss, etc., Fr.The Races of Man
We hear of a forest-god among the Finns, Lapps and Cheremiss.
plural -miss or -mis a member of an Ugrian people of the Volga region, esp of the Mari El Republic
Also called: Mari the language of this people, belonging to the Finno-Ugric family
noun plural Mari or Maris
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