from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural Natives of Finland; Finlanders.
  • noun plural A branch of the Mongolian race, inhabiting Northern and Eastern Europe, including the Magyars, Bulgarians, Permians, Lapps, and Finlanders.

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  • noun Plural form of Finn.


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  • Finns are certainly not a Mongolian race. That preposterous notion was put to rest long ago. The ancestral lineages of the Finns come from two main sources; one that has been traced to around the Volga River basin (and no assumed relation to Mongols), and the same bloodlines shared by Germans and Scandinavians. Finns are as European as any other nordic people.

    December 11, 2012

  • I was a bit shocked to see that this disturbing definition was not from the Century Dictionary. Also, I'm *just now* picking up on the 1913-ness of that particular version of Webster's. (It doesn't seem like it's been 100 years--but I'm glad so much has changed since then.)

    December 11, 2012

  • Are we planning a Webster's centenary party?

    December 11, 2012