Last modified on 20 December 2014, at 23:28

Abyssinia

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Abyssinia

  1. (dated) Historical name of Ethiopia.

TranslationsEdit

AdjectiveEdit

Abyssinia (not comparable)

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

InterjectionEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

  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