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Ethiop

[ee-thee-op] /ˈi θiˌɒp/
adjective, noun
1.
Also, Ethiope
[ee-thee-ohp] /ˈi θiˌoʊp/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin Aethiops < Greek Aithíops
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British Dictionary definitions for ethiope

Ethiop

/ˈiːθɪˌɒp/
adjective
1.
archaic words for Black
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Word Origin and History for ethiope

Ethiop

late 14c., from Latin Æthiops "Ethiopian, negro," from Greek Aithiops, perhaps from aithein "to burn" + ops "face" (cf. aithops "fiery-looking," later "sunburned").

Who the Homeric Æthiopians were is a matter of doubt. The poet elsewhere speaks of two divisions of them, one dwelling near the rising, the other near the setting of the sun, both having imbrowned visages from their proximity to that luminary, and both leading a blissful existence, because living amid a flood of light; and, as a natural concomitant of a blissful existence, blameless, and pure, and free from every kind of moral defilement. [Charles Anthon, note to "The First Six Books of Homer's Iliad," 1878]

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