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Falasha

[ 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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British Dictionary definitions for Falasha

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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