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1A member of a people of South Sulawesi, a province on the southern peninsula of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi (formerly called Celebes).
2The Malayo-Polynesian language of the Bugis.
Of or relating to the Bugis or their language.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Joseph Beaumont (1616–1699), poet and college head. From Malay Bugis (in a text composed 1625) from Buginese Wugi, Ugi, a self designation.
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