Abyssinian

noun
Ab·​ys·​sin·​i·​an | \ ˌa-bə-ˈsi-nē-ən How to pronounce Abyssinian (audio) , -ˈsi-nyən \
plural Abyssinians

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
2 dated : a native or inhabitant of Abyssinia : ethiopian sense 1

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Abyssinian adjective

First Known Use of Abyssinian

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for Abyssinian

Abyssinia, kingdom in Africa

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“Abyssinian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Abyssinian. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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