[ fah-lah-shuh, fuh- ]
/ fɑˈlɑ ʃə, fə- /
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noun, plural Fa·la·shas, (especially collectively) Fa·la·sha.
Disparaging and Offensive. Beta Israel.
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Origin of Falasha
First recorded in 1710–15; from Amharic fälasha “immigrant, exile, stranger,” from fälash, active participle of fälläsä “to migrate”
usage note for Falasha
The derogatory name Falasha refers to a community of Ethiopian Jews or to a member of this community, most of whom now live in Israel. The Amharic word falasha means "outsider, exile," and this name was given to the Ethiopian Jews by other Ethiopians. The community refers to itself as Beta Israel.
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How to use Falasha in a sentence
Then he asked his prisoner if he would again become a Falasha, or if he chose to risk being robbed or beheaded.
Here they were heard of later under the name of Falasha Jews.The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela|Benjamin of Tudela
British Dictionary definitions for Falasha
/ (fəˈlæʃə) /
noun plural -sha or -shas
a member of a tribe of Black Ethiopian Jews
Word Origin for Falasha
from Amharic, from fälasi stranger
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