A Finno-Ugric language (one of the principal varieties of Karelian), mainly spoken in the area between Lake Ladoga and Lake Onega.
Also called Aunus, Livvi or Olonetsian.
1950s; earliest use found in Language. Probably shortened from Olonetsian, but perhaps either from olonec-, or directly from Olonec (also transliterated Olonets), the name of a town (also known as Aunus) and former province in north-western Russia, now part of the Republic of Karelia within the Russian Federation. Compare Finnish aunus.