or Kal·muk

[ kal-muhk, kal-muhk ]

  1. a member of any of a group of Buddhistic Mongol tribes of a region extending from western China to the valley of the lower Volga River.

  2. a Mongolian language used by the part of the Kalmuck people that was formerly powerful in northwest China, specifically in Dzungaria, and now live northwest of the Caspian Sea.

Words Nearby Kalmuck

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How to use Kalmuck in a sentence

  • One need be a Kalmuck, says Madame de Hell, to be capable of enduring the trot of a camel.

    The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
  • The Kalmuck priest wears a leather coat, over the laps of which impend hundreds of strips, with leather tassels on the breast.

    Some Heroes of Travel | W. H. Davenport Adams
  • His head looked very much like that of a Kalmuck woman, and he had a gentle, agreeable, and kindly nature.

    An Autobiography | Igor Stravinsky
  • The features of the Mongolian-Kalmuck type here and there approach the Caucasian race.

  • I took my box of medicines and my groaning, cursing, wounded Kalmuck to interpret for me.

    Beasts, Men and Gods | Ferdinand Ossendowski

British Dictionary definitions for Kalmuck


Kalmyk (ˈkælmɪk)

/ (ˈkælmʌk) /

  1. plural -mucks, -muck, -myks or -myk a member of a Mongoloid people of Buddhist tradition, who migrated from W China in the 17th century

  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Mongolic branch of the Altaic family

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