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Ethiopic

[ee-thee-op-ik, -oh-pik]
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adjective
  1. Ethiopian.
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noun
  1. a subdivision of Semitic languages that includes Amharic, Tigré, Tigrinya, and Geez, all of Ethiopia.
  2. Geez.
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Origin of Ethiopic

From the Latin word Aethiopicus, dating back to 1650–60. See Ethiop, -ic
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Examples from the Web for ethiopic

Historical Examples

  • Ethiopic, or Abyssinian, is derived from the Samaritan, or Phœnician.

    Foot-prints of a letter carrier

    James Rees

  • The Ethiopic omits a canonical book and includes an apocryphal book.

    The Bible

    John E. Remsburg

  • The Gothic and Ethiopic versions exclude a part of the canonical books.

    The Bible

    John E. Remsburg

  • As in all Semitic languages (except the Ethiopic), it is read from right to left.

  • The Ethiopic devils right foot is a claw, and his left a hoof.


British Dictionary definitions for ethiopic

Ethiopic

noun
  1. the ancient language of Ethiopia, belonging to the Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family: a Christian liturgical languageSee also Ge'ez
  2. the group of languages developed from this language, including Amharic, Tigre, and Tigrinya
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adjective
  1. denoting or relating to this language or group of languages
  2. a less common word for Ethiopian
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