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1A member of a people inhabiting the Taimyr Peninsula between the Yenisei and Khatanga rivers in north-western Siberia.
2The largely unwritten Northern Samoyedic language of the Nganasan, closely related to Nenets.
Designating, of, or relating to the Nganasan or their language.
1940s; earliest use found in Pacific Affairs. From Russian nganasan (plural nganasany) from Nganasan ŋanasa (plural ŋanasanʔ), lit. ‘person, human being’. The self-designation of the Nganasan is Nya (also as n'aa, adjectival form of n'a mate); all of these forms have analogues in Nenets.
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