I. adjective Date: 1631 1. Ethiopian 2. a. of, relating to, or constituting Ethiopic b. of, relating to, or constituting a group of related Semitic languages spoken in Ethiopia II. noun Date: 1677 1. a Semitic language formerly spoken in Ethiopia and still used as the liturgical language of the Christian church in Ethiopia 2. the Ethiopic group of Semitic languages

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  • Ethiopic — [ē΄thēäp′ik, ē΄thēō′pik] adj. [< L aethiopicus < Gr aithiopikos < Aithiops, Ethiopian, lit., with burnt face < aithein, to burn (see ETHER) + ōps, face, EYE] 1. ETHIOPIAN 2. designating or of the group of Semitic languages spoken in… …   English World dictionary

  • Ethiopic — E thi*op ic, n. The language of ancient Ethiopia; the language of the ancient Abyssinian empire (in Ethiopia), now used only in the Abyssinian church. It is of Semitic origin, and is also called {Geez}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ethiopic — Ethiopian E thi*o pi*an, Ethiopic E thi*op ic, a. Of or relating to Ethiopia or the Ethiopians. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ethiopic — /ee thee op ik, oh pik/, adj. 1. Ethiopian. n. 2. a subdivision of Semitic languages that includes Amharic, Tigré, Tigrinya, and Geez, all of Ethiopia. 3. Geez. [1650 60; < L Aethiopicus. See ETHIOP, IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • Ethiopic — n. subgroup of Semitic languages (includes Tigre, Amharic, Tigrinya, and Geez); Geez, ancient form of the Ethiopian language used during religious ceremonies of the Ethiopian Christian Church …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Ethiopic — [ˌi:θɪ ɒpɪk] noun another term for Ge ez. adjective in or relating to Ge ez …   English new terms dictionary

  • ethiopic — ethi·opic …   English syllables

  • Ethiopic — E•thi•op•ic [[t]ˌi θiˈɒp ɪk, ˈoʊ pɪk[/t]] n. peo the subgroup of Semitic languages spoken in Ethiopia • Etymology: 1650–60; < L …   From formal English to slang

  • Ethiopic — /iθiˈoʊpɪk/ (say eethee ohpik), / ˈɒpɪk/ (say opik) adjective 1. Ethiopian. –noun 2. the ancient Semitic language of Ethiopia …   Australian English dictionary

  • ethiopic — n. & adj. n. the Christian liturgical language of Ethiopia. adj. of or in this language. Etymology: L aethiopicus f. Gk aithiopikos: see ETHIOPIAN …   Useful english dictionary

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