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Contemporary Examples of abyssinian

  • In The Abyssinian he tells the story of a diplomatic mission from Louis XIV of France to the King of Abyssinia.

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    The Thief of Words: Starling Lawrence

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    October 11, 2013

  • Since 1996, Bolding has been director of the Chancel Choir (renamed The Inspirational Voices of Abyssinian in 2008).

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    Women in the World Speakers

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    March 8, 2010

Historical Examples of abyssinian

British Dictionary definitions for abyssinian



a native or inhabitant of Abyssinia


of or relating to Abyssinia or its inhabitants



a former name for Ethiopia
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Word Origin and History for abyssinian



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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