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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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Abyssinian

noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Abyssinia
adjective
  1. of or relating to Abyssinia or its inhabitants

Abyssinia

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

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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