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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An autonomous republic of west-central Russia. Settled by a Finno-Ugric people first mentioned in the sixth century A.D., it was annexed by Russia in 1552.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A republic of Russia, with capital Saransk.


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