Definitions

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

  • n. A native or resident of Moscow or Muscovy.
  • adj. Of or relating to Moscow, Muscovy, or the Muscovites.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An inhabitant or native of Muscovy or Moscow.
  • n. A Russian.
  • adj. Of or relating to Muscovy or Moscow, or the people of these places.
  • adj. Russian.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A native or inhabitant of Muscovy or ancient Russia; hence, a Russian.
  • n. An inhabitant of Moscow.
  • n. Common potash mica, essentially KAl3Si3O10(OH)2. It is used as an electrical insulator. See Mica.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A native or an inhabitant of Muscovy or the principality of Moscow, or, by extension, of Russia.
  • n. [lowercase] In mineralogy, common or potash mica (see mica), a silicate of aluminium and potassium, with the latter element in part replaced by hydrogen; the light-colored mica, varying from nearly white to pale smoky brown, which is characteristic of granite, gneiss, and other related crystalline rocks: formerly calledMuscovy glass.
  • n. [lowercase] The desman or Muscovitic rat.
  • Of or pertaining to Muscovy, or Moscow, a former principality in central Russia, and the nucleus of the Russian empire; by extension, of or pertaining to Russia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a colorless or pale brown mica with potassium
  • adj. of or relating to the residents of Moscow
  • n. a resident of Moscow

Etymologies

1535. From Latin Moscovita ("resident of Moscow or Muscovy, Russian"), also Muscovita, Moschovita < Moscovia or Muscovia ("Muscovy") + -ita. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The Partisans were bitter rivals of the so-called Muscovite faction that backed Gomulka, those who had fought the Germans by fleeing to Russia and joining up with the Soviets.

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  • But the Muscovite was a grim, mysterious figure they feared and hated.

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  • The free-lances bore their execrations and reprisals more or less resignedly, though that did not prevent them occasionally exchanging compliments with oar butts or sealing clubs, but the Muscovite was a grim, mysterious figure they feared and hated.

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  • The Muscovite was a darling of the Soviet film industry, directing much-loved classics such as "Three Poplars at Plyushchikha Street" and "The Carnival," which centered around life in the Russian capital.

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  • The right-wing London Poles (Sosnkowski) and their underground Home Army, the moderate London Poles around Mikolajczyk, the "Muscovite" Communists, and the underground Communists.

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  • BTW it seems the Muscovite Polis have been instructed to deal with things somewhat differently.

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  • International arrivals: every Muscovite with a bit of an international profile has been to that area.

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  • He has a reputation, too, of being a “modernizer”, which in the Muscovite context means only not an obscurantist or neo-Slavophile.

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