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

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

    The Bible

    John E. Remsburg

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

    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


  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
  1. denoting or relating to this language or group of languages
  2. a less common word for Ethiopian
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