Definition of Abkhaz
1a : a people living on the eastern shore of the Black Sea b : a member of this people
2 : the North Caucasian language of the Abkhaz people
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Origin and Etymology of abkhaz
Abkhaz borrowed from Russian abkhaz, abkhazets, borrowed from Georgian abkhaz or Arabic & Persian & Ottoman Turkish abkhāz, all borrowed from an uncertain Caucasian source, whence also Late Greek Abaskoí, Abasgoí, Late Latin Abasgī; Abkhazian from Abkhazia, the Abkhaz homeland (ultimately borrowed from Late Greek Abasgía) + 1-an
First Known Use: 1686
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