Also E·thi·ope [ee-thee-ohp] /ˈi θiˌoʊp/.
Origin of Ethiop
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin Aethiops < Greek Aithíops
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Examples from the Web for ethiope
In Ethiopia be many diverse folk; and Ethiope is clept Cusis.The Travels of Sir John Mandeville
The term Ethiope was anciently given to all those whose color was darkened by the sun.History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1
George W. Williams
- archaic words for Black
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Word Origin and History for ethiope
late 14c., from Latin Æthiops "Ethiopian, negro," from Greek Aithiops, perhaps from aithein "to burn" + ops "face" (cf. aithops "fiery-looking," later "sunburned").
Who the Homeric Æthiopians were is a matter of doubt. The poet elsewhere speaks of two divisions of them, one dwelling near the rising, the other near the setting of the sun, both having imbrowned visages from their proximity to that luminary, and both leading a blissful existence, because living amid a flood of light; and, as a natural concomitant of a blissful existence, blameless, and pure, and free from every kind of moral defilement. [Charles Anthon, note to "The First Six Books of Homer's Iliad," 1878]
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