Abyssinia

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From New Latin, from Arabic حبشة (ḥabaša), from حبش (ḥabaš, Abysinnian).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Abyssinia

  1. (dated) Historical name of Ethiopia.

Translations[edit]

Adjective[edit]

Abyssinia (not comparable)

  1. (dated) Ethiopian; Abyssinian.[2]

Interjection[edit]

Abyssinia

  1. (slang) Expression of farewell: I’ll be seeing ya. [First attested in the mid 20th century.][3]
    From the way that Abyssinia sounds vaguely like I'll be seeing you.

References[edit]

  1. ^ William Morris (editor), The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (1971 [1969]; American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc.; ISBN 0-395-09066-0), page 6
  2. ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 [1909], ISBN 0-87779-101-5), page 9
  3. ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 11