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proper nounPlural Maris
An ancient city on the western bank of the Euphrates River in Syria. Its period of greatest importance was late 19th–mid-18th centuries BC; the vast palace of the last king, Zimri-Lin, has yielded an archive of 25,000 cuneiform tablets, which are the principal source for the history of northern Syria and Mesopotamia at that time.
1A member of a people of the central Volga valley in Russia.
- ‘This might eventually bring some Mari into the priesthood and make for a more defined missionary outreach to them.’
2The Uralic language of the Mari, which has two dialects with over 700,000 speakers in all.Formerly called "Cheremis"
Relating to the Mari or their language.
The name in Mari.
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