[buhg-uh-neez, -nees]
noun, plural Buginese for 1.
a member of a Muslim people inhabiting the southern part of Sulawesi.
the Austronesian language spoken by these people.

< Dutch Boeginees (with -nees on the model of Balinees, Javanees, etc.) < Malay Bugis, probably orig. the Makassarese name of this ethnic group

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