Mari

[mah-ree]
noun, plural Ma·ris, (especially collectively) Ma·ri for 1.
  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.
  2. the Finnic language of the Mari.

Origin of Mari

< Russian mári (not declined) < Mari marij Mari, man
Also called Cheremis, Cheremiss.
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Mari

noun plural Mari or Maris
  1. another name for Cheremiss
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