One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, belonging to, or designating the Altai Mountains of central Asia, or the people who inhabit this region; = "Altaic".
A person inhabiting the Altai region; a member of an Altaic group.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in William Tooke (bap. 1744, d. 1820), writer and translator. From the name of the Altai Mountains + -an.
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