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n. pl. Ainu or Ai·nus
1. A member of an indigenous people of Japan, now inhabiting parts of Hokkaido, Sakhalin, and the Kuril Islands.
2. The language of the Ainu.

[Ainu aynu, person.]


npl -nus or -nu
1. (Peoples) a member of the aboriginal people of Japan, now mostly intermixed with Mongoloid immigrants whose skin colour is more yellowish
2. (Languages) the language of this people, sometimes tentatively associated with Altaic, still spoken in parts of Hokkaido and elsewhere
[Ainu: man]


(ˈaɪ nu)

n., pl. -nus, (esp. collectively) -nu.
1. a member of a people of E Asia, who lived in recent historical times on Hokkaido, S Sakhalin, and the Kurile Islands.
2. the language of the Ainus, not closely affiliated with any other language.
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24) In addition, the Ainu peoples of the northern island of Ezo, in a lopsided trading relationship with the Matsumae family, began to ship "tens of thousands" of deerskins to the Japanese market, and this trade lasted for the majority of the Edo period, although again, by the eighteenth century, the imports diminished dramatically because of over-hunting.
The Sakhalin Ainu of Japan complain of 'bear headaches' that 'sound' like the heavy steps of a bear, in contrast to either 'deer or woodpecker headaches'.
pdf (accessed March 3, 2009); one study estimated the number of "non-Japanese Japanese" at the turn of this century at 4-6 million: Ainu (25,000); Koreans (700,000-1 million); Chinese (200,000); children of mixed ancestry (10,000-25,000); "foreigners" (150,000-200,000).