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[ab-uh-sin-ee-uh] /ˌæb əˈsɪn i ə/
former name of Ethiopia (def 1).
Ethiopia (def 2).
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Abyssinian, adjective, noun
pro-Abyssinian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • Our encampment was just below a pretty little abyssinian church, which was surrounded by large Qualqual trees.

    Sport in Abyssinia Dermot Mayo
  • abyssinian legends have another version of the history of this realm.

  • The abyssinian is a hardy little chap and must not be “coddled” up in a warm hutch.

  • The flight referred to in verse 111th is the early abyssinian flight.

  • The body of an abyssinian was lying among the flowers, and another of a Mahratta near him.

    Tara Philip Meadows Taylor
  • This weapon is of abyssinian make, and those men were abyssinians.

    The River of Darkness William Murray Graydon
  • The compromise, it seems, lasted long enough for the abyssinian exiles to hear of it and to come home.

    Ten Great Religions James Freeman Clarke
  • During his captivity, Neufeld had with him an abyssinian girl, or rather woman.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
British Dictionary definitions for abyssinian


a native or inhabitant of Abyssinia
of or relating to Abyssinia or its inhabitants


a former name for Ethiopia
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Word Origin and History for abyssinian



old name for Ethiopia, 1630s, from Modern Latin Abyssinia, from Arabic Habasah, the name for the region, said to be from Amharic hbsh "mixed," in reference to the different races dwelling there. In 1920s-30s popular as a slang pun for "I'll be seeing you." Related: Abyssinian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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