[ fah-lah-shuh, fuh- ]
/ fɑˈlɑ ʃə, fə- /

noun, plural Fa·la·shas, (especially collectively) Fa·la·sha.

a member of an Ethiopian people who speak a Hamitic language and who practice a form of Judaism.

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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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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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