variants or Ababdeh
plural Ababda or Ababdas or Ababdeh or Ababdehs
: an Arabic-speaking mostly nomadic Beja people of Upper Egypt
: a member of the Ababda people

Word History


borrowed from Arabic ʽAbābda (singular ʽabbādī)

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Ababda was in 1820

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“Ababda.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ababda. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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