abyssinian

Abyssinia

[ab-uh-sin-ee-uh]
noun
1.
former name of Ethiopia ( def 1 ).
2.
Ethiopia ( def 2 ).

Abyssinian, adjective, noun
pro-Abyssinian, adjective, noun
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Abyssinia (ˌæbɪˈsɪnɪə)
 
n
a former name for Ethiopia

Abyssinian (ˌæbɪˈsɪnɪən)
 
n
1.  a native or inhabitant of Abyssinia
 
adj
2.  of or relating to Abyssinia or its inhabitants

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Abyssinia
old name for "Ethiopia," 1630s, from Mod.L., from Arabic Habasah, the name for the region.
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