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ataman

[at-uh-muh n] /ˈæt ə mən/
noun, plural atamans.
1.
the elected chief of a Cossack village or military force.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < Russian atamán, Old Russian vatamanŭ, probably alteration of a Turkic word with the personal suffix -man; identity of initial element disputed
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ataman

/ˈætəmən/
noun (pl) -mans
1.
an elected leader of the Cossacks; hetman
Word Origin
from Russian, from Polish hetman, from German Hauptmann (literally: head man)
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