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adjective, noun
  1. Ethiopian.
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Also E·thi·ope [ee-thee-ohp] /ˈi θiˌoʊp/.

Origin of Ethiop

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin Aethiops < Greek Aithíops
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Examples from the Web for ethiop

Historical Examples

  • I'm going to have that Ethiop who does chores for us clean up the photograph gallery.

    Otherwise Phyllis

    Meredith Nicholson

  • Even the skin of the Ethiop is not exempt from the attention of the quacks.

    The Great American Fraud

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • But the Ethiop cannot change his skin, nor can any man add a cubit to his stature.

    Hunting Sketches

    Anthony Trollope

  • The dawn comes slowly, but the Westering day leaps like a lover to the dusky bosom of the Ethiop night.

  • The Ethiop showed his teeth like ivory studs on a coral band, while the rings shook in his wrinkled ears as he took the largess.

British Dictionary definitions for ethiop


Ethiope (ˈiːθɪˌəʊp)

  1. archaic words for Black
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Word Origin and History for ethiop


late 14c., from Latin Æthiops "Ethiopian, negro," from Greek Aithiops, perhaps from aithein "to burn" + ops "face" (cf. aithops "fiery-looking," later "sunburned").

Who the Homeric Æthiopians were is a matter of doubt. The poet elsewhere speaks of two divisions of them, one dwelling near the rising, the other near the setting of the sun, both having imbrowned visages from their proximity to that luminary, and both leading a blissful existence, because living amid a flood of light; and, as a natural concomitant of a blissful existence, blameless, and pure, and free from every kind of moral defilement. [Charles Anthon, note to "The First Six Books of Homer's Iliad," 1878]
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