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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 ethiope

Historical Examples

  • In Ethiopia be many diverse folk; and Ethiope is clept Cusis.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

    John Mandeville

  • The term Ethiope was anciently given to all those whose color was darkened by the sun.

British Dictionary definitions for ethiope


Ethiope (ˈiːθɪˌəʊp)

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


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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