Abyssinia

[ ab-uh-sin-ee-uh ]
/ ˌæb əˈsɪn i ə /
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noun

Related formsAb·ys·sin·i·an, adjective, nounpro-Ab·ys·sin·i·an, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for abyssinian (1 of 2)

Abyssinian

/ (ˌæbɪˈsɪnɪən) /

noun

a native or inhabitant of Abyssinia

adjective

of or relating to Abyssinia or its inhabitants

British Dictionary definitions for abyssinian (2 of 2)

Abyssinia

/ (ˌæbɪˈsɪnɪə) /

noun

a former name for Ethiopia
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Word Origin and History for abyssinian

Abyssinia


n.

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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