Ethiop

Ethiop late 14c., from L. Æthiops "Ethiopian, negro," from Gk. Aithiops, perhaps from aithein "to burn" + ops "face" (Cf. aithops "fiery-looking," later "sunburned").
Who the Homeric Æthiopians were is a matter of doubt. The poet elsewhere speaks of two divisions of them, one dwelling near the rising, the other near the setting of the sun, both having imbrowned visages from their proximity to that luminary, and both leading a blissful existence, because living amid a flood of light; and, as a natural concomitant of a blissful existence, blameless, and pure, and free from every kind of moral defilement. [Charles Anthon, note to "The First Six Books of Homer's Iliad," 1878]

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  • Ethiop — E thi*op, Ethiopian E thi*o pi*an, n. [L. Aethiops, Gr. ?; ? to burn + ? face.] A native or inhabitant of Ethiopia; also, in a general sense, a negro or black man …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ethiop — [ē′thēōp΄ē′thē äp΄] adj., n. Archaic ETHIOPIAN: also Ethiope [ē′thēōp΄] …   English World dictionary

  • Ethiop — or Ethiope noun Etymology: Middle English Ethiope, from Anglo French, from Latin Aethiops, from Greek Aithiops Date: 13th century archaic Ethiopian …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Ethiop — /ee thee op /, adj., n. Ethiopian. Also, Ethiope /ee thee ohp /. [1350 1400; ME < L Aethiops < Gk Aithíops] * * * …   Universalium

  • ethiop — (G). Ethiopian, African; dark …   Dictionary of word roots and combining forms

  • ethiop — ethi·op …   English syllables

  • Ethiop — E•thi•op [[t]ˈi θiˌɒp[/t]] adj. n. peo archaic Ethiopian • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME < L …   From formal English to slang

  • Ethiop — /ˈiθiɒp/ (say eetheeop) adjective, noun → Ethiopian. {Latin Aethiops, from Greek Aithiops} …   Australian English dictionary

  • ethiop — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ethiopian — Ethiop E thi*op, Ethiopian E thi*o pi*an, n. [L. Aethiops, Gr. ?; ? to burn + ? face.] A native or inhabitant of Ethiopia; also, in a general sense, a negro or black man …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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