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Probably derived from the old name of a region in Estonia, corresponding to Latin Ugaunia (where the initial u was probably pronounced as ü). It is also possible that the original word was the name of a tribe living to the East of the Germans, called in Latin Inguaeones. These two Latin terms may also be ultimately related.[1]


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igaunis m (2nd declension, feminine form: igauniete)

  1. an Estonian man, a man born in Estonia
  2. (genitive plural) Estonian; pertaining to Estonia and its people
    igauņu valoda — the Estonian language
    igauņu literatūraEstonian literature
    igauņu dzejniekiEstonian poets


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  1. ^ “igauņi” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN: 9984-700-12-7