One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to an Ugrian people of western Siberia, formerly called Vogul or their language.
1A member of the Mansi people.
2Their language, forming with Khanty the Ob-Ugrian language group.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Latham (1812–1888), ethnologist and philologist. From Russian mansi (indeclinable; formerly also in plural forms man′si, manzy) from Mansi mańś, mańśi, mänči, self-designation, lit. ‘man, humanity’; cognate with Magyar [adjective].
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