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Abyssinia +‎ -n

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Abyssinian (not comparable)

  1. (dated, usually capitalized) Of or pertaining to Ethiopia or its inhabitants; Ethiopian. [First attested in the late 18th century.][1]

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Abyssinian (plural Abyssinians)

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  1. A short-haired domestic cat descended from cats of ancient Egypt making it one of the oldest breeds in the world; Abyssinian cat. [First attested in the late 19th century.][1]
  2. A member of the Abyssinian Church.
  3. (dated) A native of Ethiopia. [First attested in the mid 18th century.][1]

, The Shadow King, Canongate Books (2020), page 308:

A group of Abyssinians are astride horses in brightly colored saddles at the top of the hill across the valley.

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  1. The Amharic language.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “Abyssinian”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 11.