- a member of an Ethiopian people who speak a Hamitic language and who practice a form of Judaism.
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Examples from the Web for falasha
Here they were heard of later under the name of Falasha Jews.The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela
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Then he asked his prisoner if he would again become a Falasha, or if he chose to risk being robbed or beheaded.
- a member of a tribe of Black Ethiopian Jews
from Amharic, from fälasi stranger
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Word Origin and History for falasha
"dark-skinned Jewish tribe of Abyssinia," 1710, from Ethiopian, literally "exiled, wanderer, immigrant," from falasa "he wandered."
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