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[fah-lah-shuh, fuh-]
noun, plural Fa·la·shas, (especially collectively) Fa·la·sha.
  1. a member of an Ethiopian people who speak a Hamitic language and who practice a form of Judaism.
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Historical Examples of falasha

  • Here they were heard of later under the name of Falasha Jews.

    The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela

    Benjamin of Tudela

  • Then he asked his prisoner if he would again become a Falasha, or if he chose to risk being robbed or beheaded.

British Dictionary definitions for falasha


noun plural -sha or -shas
  1. a member of a tribe of Black Ethiopian Jews
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Word Origin for Falasha

from Amharic, from fälasi stranger
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Word Origin and History for falasha



"dark-skinned Jewish tribe of Abyssinia," 1710, from Ethiopian, literally "exiled, wanderer, immigrant," from falasa "he wandered."

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