from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of a group of Turkic peoples primarily inhabiting Tatarstan in west-central Russia and parts of Siberia and Central Asia.
- n. Any of the Turkic languages of the Tatars.
- n. Variant of Tartar.
- n. A ferocious or violent person; a tartar.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An agglutinative language belonging to the Uralian group of the Northwestern branch of Turkic languages. It is an official language of Tatarstan. There are some eight million speakers spread across Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia.
- n. A person belonging to one of several Turkic, Tatar-speaking ethnic groups in Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A member of one of certain Tungusic tribes whose original home was in the region vaguely known as “Chinese Tatary” (Manchuria and Mongolia), and who are now represented by the Fishshin Tatars in northern Manchuria, and the Solons and Daurians in northeastern Mongolia, but more particularly by the Manchus, the present rulers of China.
- n. In the middle ages, one of the host of Mongol, Turk, and Tatar warriors who swept over Asia under the leadership of Jenghiz Khan, and threatened Europe.
- n. A member of one of numerous tribes or peoples of mixed Turkish, Mongol, and Tatar origin (descendants of the remnants of these hosts) now inhabiting the steppes of central Asia, Russia in Europe, Siberia (the latter with an additional intermixture of Finnish and Samoyedic blood), and the Caucasus, such as the Kazan Tatars (the remnant of the Kipchaks, or ‘Golden Horde’), the Krim Tatars in the Crimea, the Kalmucks or Eleuths (who are properly Mongols), etc.
- n. A savage, intractable person; a person of a keen, irritable temper; as applied to a woman, a shrew; a vixen: as, she is a regular Tartar.
- Of or pertaining to a Tatar or Tartar, or the Tatars or Tartars, or Tatary or Tartary.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a member of the Mongolian people of central Asia who invaded Russia in the 13th century
- n. a member of the Turkic-speaking people living from the Volga to the Ural Mountains (the name has been attributed to many other groups)
- n. the Turkic language spoken by the Tatar living from the Volga to the Ural Mountains
At this point, another brilliant literary pseudonym of "Tatar" origin comes to mind --
Most recently it has been flirting with the notion of a "Tatar" citizenship linking the Russian citizens of Tatarstan with the diaspora of ethnic Tatars beyond.
* The word is properly "Tatar," and the Russians write and pronounce it in this way, but I have preferred to retain the better known form.
Since it was necessary to characterize the dead woman, who isn't present, through something special, I took the shape of the Tatar eyes in order to give Yulia Rageyev an especially feminine and erotic uniqueness.
In your new novel, I see this tendency, to give just two examples, in the constant focus on the beautiful Tatar eyes of Yulia Ragayev and her family, and in those brief passages scattered throughout the novel narrated by various anonymous first-person-plural collectives.
On 18 May 1944, the Soviet NKVD began the systematic round up and deportation of nearly the entire Crimean Tatar population from their ancestral homeland to Uzbekistan and the Urals.
Window on Eurasia writes about the Crimean Tatar opposition to Russia's military presence in Crimea.
Over dinner in Simferopol with my adopted Crimean Tatar family last week, Ayder, a veteran of the Crimean Tatar human rights war against the USSR, used the term “genocide” to describe the present Ukrainian non-policy towards Crimean Tatars.
Maria Sonevytsky of My Simferopol Home posted photos from the memorial event that took place in Simferopol on May 18 - and described the current plight and the attitudes of the Crimean Tatar who have returned to live in Ukraine:
On the same day the NKVD also reported mobilizing 11,000 Crimean Tatar men for forced labor, bringing the total number of Crimean Tatars removed from Crimea to 191,014 (Ibid.).
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