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Abyssinia

[ab-uh-sin-ee-uh]
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noun
  1. former name of Ethiopia(def 1).
  2. Ethiopia(def 2).
Related formsAb·ys·sin·i·an, adjective, nounpro-Ab·ys·sin·i·an, adjective, noun
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Abyssinia

noun
  1. a former name for Ethiopia
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Word Origin and History for abyssinia

Abyssinia

n.

old name for Ethiopia, 1630s, from Modern Latin Abyssinia, from Arabic Habasah, the name for the region, said to be from Amharic hbsh "mixed," in reference to the different races dwelling there. In 1920s-30s popular as a slang pun for "I'll be seeing you." Related: Abyssinian.

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