Definition of Kalmuck in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkalˌmək/ Pronunciation: /kalˈmək/
(also Kalmyk)

noun (plural same or Kalmucks also Kalmyks /-miks/)

1A member of a mainly Buddhist people of Mongolian origin living chiefly in Kalmykia.
Example sentences
  • Among the Buddhist Kalmucks of Siberia, Meru becomes Sumeru, a vast pyramidal mountain rising from the cosmic ocean.
  • It has also been affected by invaders such as the Mongols, Timurids, Kalmyks, Khorezmian Uzbeks, and Russians.
  • The deportations of nationalities thought suspect by Stalin - Chechens, Kalmucks, Crimean Tatars, and Volga Germans - were handled by him.
2The Altaic language of the Kalmuck.
Example sentences
  • But it is obvious that Kalmyk is perceived to belong mostly to the domain of language learning.
  • Mainly on lexiconal grounds, Kalmyk is classified as a distinct language.
  • 93.1% of them regard Kalmyk as their mother tongue, 6.8% Russian.


Relating to the Kalmuck or their language.
Example sentences
  • Genealogical research indicates that Lenin came from mixed Russian, Kalmyk, Jewish, German, and Swedish stock, and that he and his family were registered in Simbirsk Province as nobility in 1886.
  • Admittedly this is problematic, because original Kalmyk architecture is limited to the mobile nomadic tent, the’ yurt’.’
  • The project's goal is to restore the remaining knowledge of the language and use it for the development of teaching materials for national Kalmyk schools.


From Russian kalmyk.

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Syllabification: Kal·muck

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