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Varangian

(vəˈrændʒɪən)
n
(Peoples) one of the Scandinavian peoples who invaded and settled parts of Russia and Ukraine from the 8th to the 11th centuries, and who formed the bodyguard of the Byzantine emperor (Varangian Guard) in the late 10th and 11th centuries
adj
(Peoples) of or relating to the Varangians
[C18: from Medieval Latin Varangus, from Medieval Greek Barangos, from Old Norse Væringi, probably from vār pledge]
Translations
rusväringvarjag
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