One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to or denoting the group of Finno-Ugric languages that includes Finnish and Estonian.
- ‘It has been argued that a native Finnic population absorbed northward migrating Indo-Europeans who adopted the Finnic language.’
- ‘The major languages of the indigenous minority and majority populations are Samisk, a Finnic language, and two official Norwegian languages, both of which are Germanic languages.’
- ‘In the first place, the Lapps speak a Finnic dialect which is classified with the extinct Chude, spoken in the early centuries of the present era in Finland.’
2Relating to or denoting the group of peoples that includes the Finns and the Estonians.
- ‘Essentially there were two Finnic groups; the Finns of Finland (and their kinsmen in Estonia), and the remnants of the Finnic tribes which had originally inhabited Muscovy.’
- ‘Physical anthropologists have demonstrated that this Paleo-Siberian racial group later diverged, into the Finnic and Paleo-Asian Groups, via the mechanism of the Darwinian evolution.’
- ‘Other evidence suggests that Eastern Slavic pastoral peoples were widespread in the central and eastern portions of the plain that stretches across the northern half of the Eurasian continent a thousand years earlier, coexisting with Finnic and Lithuanian tribes to the north and enduring recurring waves of conquest.’
- ‘Some time after the middle of the seventh century, the Bulgars, a people of Hunnic and Finnic stock, who had been driven from their habitations on the Volga as far as the Lower Danube, began to make incursions into Moesia and Thrace.’
- ‘Of the non-Slavic peoples, the Germanic, Jewish, and Finnic were the most important; Jews were rare except in the western borderlands.’
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