One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of a Muslim people living in the southern Urals.
- ‘While Felix Cheremnykh is an ethnic Russian, Renat Udarov and Marat Mimlikeev seem to be ethnic Tatars or Bashkirs.’
- ‘Initially, Bashkirs sought to realize their aspirations by turning to the Whites, but it was not long before reform-minded Muslims and political radicals turned to the communists.’
- ‘These diverse groups lie scattered from the Caucasus and Ural mountains to eastern Siberia, and include the Tatars, Chuvash, Bashkirs, Sakha, Tuvans, Karachai, Khakass, Altays, and others.’
- ‘He attracted a following of peasants, Old Believers, Ural mineworkers, and non-Russians such as Bashkirs and Kalmyks.’
- ‘Today, Islam is the second largest religion, after Russian Orthodoxy, with at least 19 million practitioners, and among ethnic minorities most Tatars, Bashkirs, Kazakhs, Chechens, and Avars, are Sunni Muslim.’
2mass noun The Turkic language of the Bashkirs, with about 1 million speakers.
- ‘Bashkir (also referred to as Basquort/Bashkort) is spoken primarily in the republic of Bashkortostan between the Volga River and the Ural mountains in Russia.’
- ‘Bashkir is spoken principally in the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan.’
- ‘A Turkic language, Bashkir is spoken by one in four residents of Bashkortostan.’
Relating to the Bashkirs or their language.
- ‘Ufa, with its significant Bashkir population, was one of three ARA districts inhabited largely by Muslims.’
- ‘Ufa, the capital of the Bashkir republic, became the wartime seat of the Soviet Ukrainian government.’
- ‘The paper cited a source close to the Bashkir leadership as saying that Kremlin chief of staff Dmitry Medvedev had organized the Sistema deal.’
- ‘A Rosneft spokesman did not deny the company was interested in the Bashkir assets, the paper said.’
- ‘Moscow deliberately employed non-Russian troops to fight in Central Asia - Tatar, Bashkir, Kazakh, Uzbek and Turkmen detachments were pitted against the anti-Bolshevik invaders.’
Via Russian from Turkic Başkurt.
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