Pronunciation: (ē"thē-ō'pē-u), [key]
1. Formerly, Abyssinia. a republic in E Africa: formerly a monarchy. 30,200,000; 409,266 sq. mi. (1,060,000 sq. km). Present boundaries include Eritrea. Cap.: Addis Ababa.
2. Also called Abyssinia. an ancient region in NE Africa, bordering on Egypt and the Red Sea.
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