- 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]
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
- another name for Cheremiss
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