Ab·khaz (ăb-kăz, äb-käz) also Ab·kha·zian (ăb-kāzhən, -zē-ən, -kä-, äb-)
n. pl. Abkhazor Ab·khaz·es
a. A native or inhabitant of Abkhazia.
b. A member of the predominant, traditionally Muslim or Orthodox Christian ethnic group of Abkhazia.
2. The Northwest Caucasian language of Abkhazia, also spoken in Georgia and Turkey.
[Russian, from Georgian Abxazi, from Greek Abasgos, probably of Northwest Caucasian origin; compare Abaza (Northwest Caucasian language of western Abkhazia) and Abkhaz Abaza, Abaza.]
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