Pronunciation: (ē"thē-ō'pē-un), [key]
1. of or pertaining to Ethiopia or to its inhabitants.
2. belonging to the part of Africa south of the equator.
3. Zoogeog.belonging to a geographical division comprising Africa south of the tropic of Cancer, the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula, and Madagascar.
4. Archaic.black African.
1. a native of Ethiopia.
2. a member of any of various supposedly dark-skinned peoples regarded by the ancients as coming from a country lying south of Egypt.
3. Archaic.a black African.
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