[too ng-gooz]

Origin of Tungus

1620–30;Russian tungús, probably < Tatar, a formation with the Turkic suffix *-guz, used in ethnic names; identity of 1st element obscure
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  1. plural -guses or -gus a member of a formerly nomadic Mongoloid people of E Siberia
  2. Also called: Evenki the language of this people, belonging to the Tungusic branch of the Altaic family
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