montagnards

Montagnard

[mon-tuhn-yahrd, -yahr]
noun, plural Montagnards (especially collectively) Montagnard.
(sometimes lowercase) a member of a dark-skinned people of mixed ethnic origins inhabiting the highland areas of Vietnam.

Origin:
1835–45; < French: literally, mountaineer. See mountain, -ard

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Montagnard (ˌmɒntənˈjɑːd, -ˈjɑː)
 
n , pl -gnards, -gnard
1.  a member of a hill people living on the border between Vietnam, Laos, and NE Cambodia
2.  a member of a North American Indian people living in the N Rocky Mountains
 
[C19: from French: mountaineer, from montagnemountain]

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