Ainu



a member of an aboriginal population of northernmost Japan, having lighter skin and hairier bodies than other Japanese.
the language of the Ainus.
Historical Examples

Along the coast were many Ainu huts inhabited by half-castes and by Japanese.
Alone with the Hairy Ainu A. H. Savage Landor

One can hardly find a single Ainu whose eyes are not ruined.
Flash-lights from the Seven Seas William L. Stidger

Those, either Ainu or half-castes, who practise it have learned it from the Japanese.
Alone with the Hairy Ainu A. H. Savage Landor

On this island the aborigines of Japan, called Ainu, now live.
The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery

The Ainu have no rules as to when the girls are to be operated on.
Alone with the Hairy Ainu A. H. Savage Landor

I saw a crowd of Ainu in the distance, and I hurried up to them.
Alone with the Hairy Ainu A. H. Savage Landor

Furthermore, save the weaving-loom, the Ainu possess no machinery of their own make.
Alone with the Hairy Ainu A. H. Savage Landor

Moreover, Ainu pack-saddles are perhaps the most uncomfortable of their kind.
Alone with the Hairy Ainu A. H. Savage Landor

Thus it is no easy matter to explain to an Ainu what is meant by “religion,” by “divinities,” and by “worship.”
Alone with the Hairy Ainu A. H. Savage Landor

As in all Ainu villages, the huts are in one line, some few yards one from the other.
Alone with the Hairy Ainu A. H. Savage Landor

noun
(pl) -nus, -nu. a member of the aboriginal people of Japan, now mostly intermixed with Mongoloid immigrants whose skin colour is more yellowish
the language of this people, sometimes tentatively associated with Altaic, still spoken in parts of Hokkaido and elsewhere

people native to northern Japan and far eastern Russia, 1819, from the Ainu self-designation, literally “man, human.” Once considered to be Caucasian, based on their appearance; but DNA testing has disproven this. Their language is an isolate with no known relatives.

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