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russian

russian


Rus·sian  (rshn)
adj.
1. Of or relating to Russia or its people, language, or culture.
2. Of or relating to the former Soviet Union.
n.
1.
a. A native or inhabitant of Russia.
b. A person of Russian descent.
c. A native or inhabitant of the former Soviet Union.
2. The East Slavic language of the Russians, used as the official language of Russia and widely as a second language within the Commonwealth of Independent States.

[Medieval Latin Russinus, from Old Russian Rus, Vikings, Rus, from Old Norse *rdhs(menn) or r?dhs(karlar), seafarers, from rdhr, rowing; see er- in Indo-European roots.]
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