Type Political Subdivision
Scripts كلمايكيا(Malay Jawi)
Pronounced Pron. kal-MI-kee-ə(English)
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Contributor Contrib.highexpectasians on 5/22/2016
Last Editor Editorhighexpectasians on 5/16/2020
From Russian Калмыкия (Kalmykiya) from калмык (kalmyk), the Russian name for the Kalmyk people, which is ultimately derived from the Kalmyk ethnic name хальмг (xal'mg). The ethnic name is of Mongolian origin meaning "the people moving away", from Mongolian халих (khalikh) meaning "overflow, flood", referring to how the Kalmyk people were originally Mongolians who "leaked away" from their ancestral homeland. Alternately, the Russian name could have been derived from Turkic kalmak meaning "to remain, to be left". This is the name of a republic in southern Russia.