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1A member of the (largely Buddhist) people of Arakan, a district on the west coast of Burma (Myanmar), and Chittagong, on the Bay of Bengal.
2The Tibeto-Burman language of the Maghs, usually regarded as a dialect of Burmese; Arakanese.
Late 16th century. From Bengali Mag, Magh, name of the kingdom of Arakan, the kings of Arakan and its people, especially as coastal pirates from Sanskrit Magha a non-Aryan country.
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