Place Name ETHIOPIA

TYPE: Country
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: ee-thee-O-pee-ə  [details]

Meaning & History

From Greek Αιθιοπια (Aithiopia), derived from αιθω (aitho) meaning "to burn" and ωψ (ops) meaning "face", referring to the skin colour of the inhabitants. This is the name of a country in eastern Africa.
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Ityoppya (Amharic), Aithiopia (Ancient Greek), Etiopija (Croatian), Ethiopié (French), Äthiopien (German), Etiopia (Italian), Etiopia (Polish), Etiópia (Portuguese), Etiopija (Serbian), Etiopija (Slovene)
Entry updated December 8, 2017