• WordNet 3.6
    • n Abyssinian a small slender short-haired breed of African origin having brownish fur with a reddish undercoat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abyssinian A member of the Abyssinian Church.
    • Abyssinian A native of Abyssinia.
    • a Abyssinian Of or pertaining to Abyssinia.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Abyssinian Belonging to Abyssinia, a country of eastern Africa, lying to the south of Nubia, or to its inhabitants.
    • n Abyssinian A native or an inhabitant of Abyssinia. Specifically
    • n Abyssinian A member of the Abyssinian Church. This church was organized about the middle of the fourth century by Frumentius, a missionary from Alexandria. In doctrine it is Monophysite (which see). It observes the Jewish Sabbath together with the Christian Sunday, forbids eating the flesh of unclean beasts, retains as an object of worship the model of a sacred ark called the ark of Zion, practises a form of circumcision, and celebrates a yearly feast of lustration, at which all the people are rebaptized. The Abyssinians honor saints and pictures, but not images; crosses, but not crucifixes. Pontius Pilate is accounted by them a saint because he washed his hands of innocent blood. The priests may be married men, but may not marry after ordination. The abuna, or head of the Abyssinian Church, is appointed by the patriarch of Alexandria.
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In literature:

A little later, he received in audience Ras MaRonnen, the Abyssinian Envoy.
"The Life of King Edward VII" by J. Castell Hopkins
It is more or less indefinite, extending up to the Abyssinian border.
"The Rogue Elephant" by Elliott Whitney
Over 300 Abyssinians were amongst our prisoners.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
The Abyssinians say that it was beans of the locust-tree, and not insects, that were the food of St.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
To which add small infusions of the Armenian and Abyssinian churches.
"The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies" by Robert Gordon Latham
As an Abyssinian is born black, and a Malay yellow, so is this girl born white.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
At the same time they established a new era, which is still followed by the Abyssinians and Copts.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
In the Abyssinians the rosettes should be as plentiful as possible and the coat rough and wiry.
"The Raising and Care of Guinea Pigs" by A. C. Smith
For the moment the recent passage of the warlike Abyssinians was forgotten.
"Guy in the Jungle" by William Murray Graydon
Abyssinian monk clothed in leather.
"Visits To Monasteries in the Levant" by Robert Curzon
The same is done among the Abyssinians and Turcomans.
"Notes and Queries, Number 228, March 11, 1854" by Various
The Abyssinians lost 40 officers and 1500 men killed, besides many more wounded.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
The Abyssinian section is the largest, and includes King John's throne.
"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892" by F. R. Wingate
It was lost for centuries, then found in the Court of an Abyssinian king.
"Tahara" by Harold M. Sherman
The struggle between them and the Abyssinians now became one of Judaism against Christianity.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
Most of them are Abyssinians or Negroes.
"The Thousand and One Nights, Vol. I." by Anonymous
The European civil population numbers over 500; the rest of the inhabitants are chiefly Abyssinians.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
You know the Abyssinian Expedition is just starting out.
"Caught in a Trap" by John C. Hutcheson
He was Abyssinian, very tall and striking, and he was named Abnus because he was the color of ebony.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
The prisoners were released, and the Abyssinian monarch committed suicide.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 5" by Various

In news:

Researchers at the University of Missouri have decoded about two-thirds of the DNA of Cinnamon, a 4-year-old female Abyssinian cat.
The Abyssinian Development Corporation (ADC) is celebrating the groundbreaking for the Harlem Renaissance Ballroom complex on Friday.
Masonic Temple, Abyssinian Meeting House Make Imperiled Places List.
The Portland Masonic Temple Grand Lodge and the Abyssinian Meeting House have made Greater Portland Landmarks' first Places in Peril List.
Calvin O Butts III, pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church, provides words of inspiration reflecting.
Sebella, a 4-year-old Abyssinian mix, was brought to the shelter after her owners lost their home and couldn't afford to keep her anymore.
Masonic Temple, Abyssinian Meeting House Make Imperiled Places List.
Dr Samuel DeWitt Proctor , a preacher, educator and former pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, died on Thursday at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Assistant Minister for Christian Education The Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City Age: 28.
Eboni K Marshall made history in 2007 as the youngest woman ordained to the Gospel Ministry by New York City's historic Abyssinian Baptist Church.
Dr Samuel DeWitt Proctor, a preacher, educator and former pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, died on Thursday at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
At a ceremony at Abyssinian Baptist Church, hundreds turned out to say their final goodbyes to Sylvia Woods.