Abyssinia

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Etymology[edit]

From New Latin Abissini[1], from Arabic حَبَشَة(ḥabaša), from حَبَش(ḥabaš, Abysinnian).[2]

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Abyssinia

  1. (historical) Ethiopia.

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Abyssinia (not comparable)

  1. (dated) Ethiopian; Abyssinian.[3]

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Abyssinia

  1. (humorous) Expression of farewell: I’ll be seeing ya. [First attested in the mid 20th century.][4]
    From the way that Abyssinia sounds vaguely like I'll be seeing you.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abyssin, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  2. ^ “Abyssinia” in William Morris, editor, The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, New York, N.Y.: American Heritage Publishing Co., 1971 [1969], →OCLC, page 6.
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ “Abyssinia” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 11.