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Beta Israel

[ bey-tuh-iz-ree-uhl, -rey- ]
/ ˈbeɪ tə ˈɪz ri əl, -reɪ- /
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noun
an Ethiopian people who practice a biblical form of Judaism: for many centuries, the Beta Israel lived in isolation from other Jewish communities.
a member of this people, most of whom now live in Israel.
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Origin of Beta Israel

First recorded in 2005–10; from Geez beta ʾəsrāʾel “House of Israel,” equivalent to Beta, a bound form of bet “house” + ʾƏsrāʾel “Israel,” from Hebrew Yisrāʾēl; see origin at beth, Israel

usage note for Beta Israel

See Falasha.
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