Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to Abyssinia.
  • noun A native or inhabitant of Abyssinia.
  • noun A domestic cat of a slender breed developed in Britain, possibly from cats imported from northeast Africa, having a short coat, often golden brown, with hairs that have bands of lighter and darker color.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Belonging to Abyssinia, a country of eastern Africa, lying to the south of Nubia, or to its inhabitants.
  • noun A native or an inhabitant of Abyssinia. Specifically
  • noun A member of the Abyssinian Church.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to Abyssinia.
  • adjective an alloy of 90.74 parts of copper and 8.33 parts of zink.
  • noun A native of Abyssinia.
  • noun A member of the Abyssinian Church.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A member of the Abyssinian Church.
  • proper noun The Amharic language.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a small slender short-haired breed of African origin having brownish fur with a reddish undercoat

Etymologies

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Abyssinia +‎ -an

Examples

  • Abyssinia; none, in preparing the coffee known as Abyssinian, which is the product of wild trees; and only in a few instances in cleaning the

    All About Coffee

  • Her virtues notwithstanding, the Abyssinian is usually of a spiteful, revengeful disposition, and when she flies into a temper goes beyond the limits not only of moderation but of decency.

    Memoirs of an Arabian Princess

  • Ethiopian cisticola, Cisticola lugubris (formerly, Cisticola galactotes lugubris; protonym, Sylvia (Cisticola) lugubris), also known as the Abyssinian black-backed cisticola, photographed at the Gerfasa Reservoir, Ethiopia (Africa).

    Mystery bird: Ethiopian cisticola, Cisticola lugubris

  • Another species like it is called the Abyssinian hornbill.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • The exuberant worship, the family atmosphere and the prophetic preaching at a church such as Abyssinian would have appealed to a young man who lived so in his head.

    Finding His Faith

  • It is of inferior grade, and reaches the market as "Abyssinian" coffee.

    All About Coffee

  • "Abyssinian" Bruce had no doubt that "large trees or plants of coral spread everywhere over the bottom," made the sea "red," and accounted for the name.

    The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 6

  • There was no way of foreseeing, as they brought me away from that place of slaughter where the Gallas died, that those seven days of horror and hope, of living on the razor’s edge, were to see the final act of the astonishing melodrama, part-tragedy, part-farce, known as the Abyssinian War.

    Flashman on the March

  • “Sir Robert wishes your presence to be known to as few people as poss ible, especially the enem — that is, our Abyssinian friends.

    Flashman on the March

  • Leaders like the late Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor, the pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, emphasized religious and secular education as keys to economic progress for blacks.

    Black Churches and the Prosperity Gospel

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