noun, plural Tunguses (especially collectively) Tungus.
any member of a Tungusic-speaking people.

1620–30;Russian tungús, probably < Tatar, a formation with the Turkic suffix *-guz, used in ethnic names; identity of 1st element obscure

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Tungus (ˈtʊŋɡʊs)
n , -guses, -gus
1.  a member of a formerly nomadic Mongoloid people of E Siberia
2.  Also called: Evenki the language of this people, belonging to the Tungusic branch of the Altaic family

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the most numerous and widely scattered of the many small nationalities of northern Siberia (Asian Russia)

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