Abkhaz

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noun Ab·khaz \ab-ˈkäs\
variants: or

Abkhazian

\ab-ˈkā-zh(ē-)ən, -ˈkä-zē-ən\ play less commonly

Abkhas

\ab-ˈkäs\ play or

Abkhasian

\ab-ˈkā-zh(ē-)ən, -ˈkä-zē-ən\ play

Definition of Abkhaz

plural

Abkhaz

or

Abkhazes

or

Abkhazians

also

Abkhas

or

Abkhasians

  1. 1a :  a people living on the eastern shore of the Black Sea b :  a member of this people

  2. 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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