Ultimately from Byzantine Greek Ρωσσία (whence also Russian Росси́я ("Russia")), from an earlier (10th century) ethnonym Ῥῶς (Arabic رُوس, Old East Slavic Русь ("Rus")), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *rōþrą ("rudder"), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁reh₁- ("to row"). See Finnish Ruotsi for more. Rossija.
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