3. the classical Semitic language of Ethiopia, still used as the liturgical language of the Christian church in Ethiopia; Geez
4. the group of Semitic languages spoken in Ethiopia, including classical Ethiopic
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Word origin of 'Ethiopic'
< L aethiopicus
< Gr aithiopikos
, Ethiopian, lit., with burnt face < aithein
, to burn (see ether
) + ōps
, face, eye