[ too ng-goo-zik ]
/ tʊŋˈgu zɪk /


a family of languages spoken or formerly spoken in Manchuria and central and SE Siberia, including Manchu, Evenki, Even, and languages of the Amur River region, as Nanay.


of or relating to Tungusic or its speakers.

Origin of Tungusic

First recorded in 1865–70; Tungus + -ic
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Examples from the Web for tungusic

  • Of all members of the Tungusic family the Manchus alone can be called a historical people.

    Man, Past and Present|Agustus Henry Keane

British Dictionary definitions for tungusic


/ (tʊŋˈɡʊsɪk) /


a branch or subfamily of the Altaic family of languages, including Tungus and Manchu

adjective Also: Tungusian (tuŋˈɡuːzɪən)

of or relating to these languages or their speakers
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