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Is buuz (Mongolian dumplings) a countable noun, or uncountable noun? If the former, how do you pluralise it?

I tried looking up the term in onelook.com and only got a hit for Wikipedia, not for any dictionaries.

  • This needs an English usage/dictionary reference, otherwise this question is not about learning English. – user3169 Feb 7 '16 at 21:48
  • @user3169 what needs an English usage/dictionary reference? That "buuz" is a word used in English? – Andrew Grimm Feb 7 '16 at 22:52
  • An example in an English language context. Otherwise I expect it to follow the same rule as "dumplings". You might also explain why it could be different. – user3169 Feb 7 '16 at 23:30
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They are countable though I tend to lose count when eating them!

бууз (buuz, dumplings) is the plural for банш (bansh, dumpling), and appears to be irregular not using -гууд or -нууд to form the plural.

My guess is банш at one point was pluralised to баншнууд which then became shortened to бууз because the en-sh-en (ншн) is difficult and which also contributed to the change from de (д) to ze (з) at the end.

  • Although cognate with the Chinese-derived baozi, buuz is derived from a Mongolian word, which is not pictographic. – Andrew Grimm Feb 7 '16 at 20:55
  • How should I pluralise it? – Andrew Grimm Feb 7 '16 at 21:21
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    buuz (бууз) is already the plural, bansh (банш) is the singular. My guess is банш at one point was pluralised as баншнууд which then became shortened to бууз – Peter Feb 7 '16 at 21:22
  • Sorry, you'd already fixed it when I asked! – Andrew Grimm Feb 7 '16 at 21:34
  • You can see it in google translate, use English -> Mongolian, type in "dumplings", then delete the "s" – Peter Feb 7 '16 at 21:35
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As far as I can tell from reviewing more than a dozen Google entries, the plural of "buuz" is "buuz." The Wikipedia article you cited repeatedly refers to "buuz" as a plural noun. "Buuz" are mutton-filled Mongolian dumplings (although beef is sometimes used instead of mutton). To confirm this usage, you may have to ask someone at a Mongolian restaurant!

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