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Abyssinian

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noun Ab·ys·sin·i·an \ˌa-bə-ˈsi-nē-ən, -ˈsi-nyən\

Definition of Abyssinian

  1. :  any of a breed of medium-sized slender domestic cats of African origin with short usually brownish hair ticked with bands of darker color



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Origin of abyssinian

Abyssinia, kingdom in Africa


First Known Use: 1876

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