The Alternative English Dictionary: Abyssinia

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Abyssinia etymology From Dutch, from Arabic حَبَشَة 〈ḥabasẖaẗ〉, from حَبَش 〈ḥabasẖ〉.{{R:American Heritage 1971|page=6}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˌæb.ɪˈsɪn.i.ə/
  • (US) /ˌæb.ɪˈsɪn.i.ə/, /ˌæb.əˈsɪn.i.ə/, /ˌæb.əˈsɪn.jə/
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  1. (dated) Historical name of Ethiopia.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (dated) Ethiopian; Abyssinian.{{R:MW3 1976|page=9}}
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) Expression of farewell: I’ll be seeing ya. {{defdate}}{{R:SOED5|page=11}} From the way that Abyssinia sounds vaguely like I'll be seeing you.

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