[cher-uh-mis, -mees, cher-uh-mis, -mees]
noun, plural Cheremises (especially collectively) Cheremis.
Also, Cheremiss.

< Russian cheremís, earlier cheremísin, Old Russian (plural) chermisy, probably < Chuvash śarmîs, śarmîś Mari Unabridged


noun, plural Maris (especially collectively) Mari for 1.
a member of a Uralic people living in scattered communities north of Cheboksary and Kazan in European Russia, mainly in the Mari Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.
the Finnic language of the Mari.
Also called Cheremis, Cheremiss.

< Russian mári (not declined) < Mari marij Mari, man Unabridged
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Cheremiss or Cheremis (ˌtʃɛərəˈmɪs, -ˈmiːs, ˈtʃɛərəˌmɪs, -ˌmiːs, ˌtʃɛərəˈmɪs, -ˈmiːs, ˈtʃɛərəˌmɪs, -ˌmiːs)
n , -miss, -mis
1.  a member of an Ugrian people of the Volga region, esp of the Mari El Republic
2.  Also called: Mari the language of this people, belonging to the Finno-Ugric family
Cheremis or Cheremis

Mari (ˈmɑːrɪ)
n , pl Mari, Maris
another name for Cheremiss

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