Kirghiz definitions

kîr-gēz'
A member of a people living chiefly in Kyrgyzstan and adjacent areas.
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The Turkic language of this people.
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Turkish ethnic group in Kyrgyzstan.
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Origin of kirghiz

Possibly from the Kyrgyz words "кырк кыз" (forty girls), a reference to the Manas epic unifying forty small tribes against the Chinese and the Muslim expansion; or possibly from "кырк ууз" (the forty tribes); or possibly from "кыргыс" (imperishable, inextinguishable, undying).