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From Latin abiētem, accusative of abiēs (fir, deal), from Proto-Italic *abiets.


  • IPA(key): /aˈbe.te/
  • Rhymes: -ete
  • Hyphenation: a‧bé‧te


abete m (plural abeti)

  1. fir, fir tree, particularly the silver fir (Abies alba)
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Purgatorio [The Divine Comedy: Purgatory] (paperback), Bompiani, published 2001, Canto XXII, lines 130–135, page 343:
      Ma tosto ruppe le dolci ragioni ¶ un alber che trovammo in mezza strada, ¶ con pomi a odorar soavi e buoni; ¶ e come abete in alto si digrada ¶ di ramo in ramo, così quello in giuso, ¶ cred’ io, perché persona sù non vada.
      But soon their sweet discourses interrupted a tree which midway in the road we found, with apples sweet and grateful to the smell. And even as a fir-tree tapers upward from bough to bough, so downwardly did that; I think in order that no one might climb it.
  2. deal (fir wood)

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Further reading[edit]

  • abete in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana
  • Wikipedia-logo.svg abete on the Italian Wikipedia.Wikipedia it




abete m (plural abetes)

  1. (obsolete or regional) Alternative form of abeto



abete m (plural abetes)

  1. Obsolete form of abeto.