Ethiopic

Ethiopic
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 languages — Group of Semitic languages, spoken by more than 25 million people in Eritrea and Ethiopia. Ethiopic has been divided by linguists into North Ethiopic, comprising Geʾez, Tigré, and Tigrinya (or Tigrai), and South Ethiopic, comprising the rest of… …   Universalium

  • Ethiopic alphabet —       writing system used to write the Geʿez (Geʿez language) literary and ecclesiastical language and the Amharic, Tigre, and Tigrinya languages of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Apparently derived from Sabaean, a South Semitic (South Semitic alphabet)… …   Universalium

  • Ethiopic Ocean — The Ethiopic Ocean or Ethiopian Ocean is an older name for what is now called the South Atlantic Ocean, which is separated from the North Atlantic by a narrow region between Natal, Brazil and Monrovia, Liberia. Use of term illustrates a past… …   Wikipedia

  • ethiopic alphabet — noun Usage: usually capitalized E : an alphabet of South Semitic origin in which the vocalization is indicated by modification of the basic character (as by the addition of small appendages or by shortening or lengthening of one of the main… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

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