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Abuna

[uh-boo-nuh]
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noun (often lowercase)
  1. the title of the chief bishop of the Ethiopian Church.
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Origin of Abuna

< Arabic, equivalent to abū father + -nā our
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Historical Examples

  • It is the tomb of Aahmes, the son of Abuna, the chief of the steersmen.

    The History of Antiquity, Vol. I (of VI)

    Max Duncker

  • The head of the church is called the Abuna ('our father'), and is consecrated by the Coptic patriarch of Alexandria.

  • The aged Abuna found himself alone and deserted in the same spot which he had occupied during the attack.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia

    William Cornwallis Harris

  • The Abuna quitted the court, plunged in the deepest distress, and a bloody war ensued, which shook the empire to its foundation.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia

    William Cornwallis Harris

  • But a more imposing rite attends the oath of celibacy before the Abuna.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia

    William Cornwallis Harris