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Etymology 1 alt. 1 A coarse, often striped, felted fabric from the Middle East, woven from goat or camel hair. 2 A loose-fitting sleeveless garment, made from aba or silk, worn by Arabs. (First attested in the early 19th century.)(R:SOED5: page=2) n. 1 A coarse, often striped, felted fabric from the Middle East, woven from goat or camel hair. 2 A loose-fitting sleeveless garment, made from aba or silk, worn by Arabs. (First attested in the early 19th century.)(R:SOED5: page=2) Etymology 2

n. An altazimuth used for astronomy on either land or water.

  1. n: a loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth; worn by Arabs

  2. a fabric woven from goat and camel hair [syn: aba cloth]


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Aba (film)

ABÁ is the high-budget Sinhalese film directed by Jackson Anthony, based on the historical legend of King Pandukabhaya which is set in Sri Lanka more than 2400 years ago. The title is derived from "Pandu Aba", another name for the title character.

Anthony’s son, Sajitha Anuttara, portrays Pandukabhaya. The film also features Malini Fonseka, Ravindra Randeniya,Sriyantha Mendis, Sabeetha Perera and many other popular actors.

It was released in Sri Lanka on 8 August 2008. Plans are being made to screen this film in several other countries, including China, Italy and Australia.

Aba (genus)

Aba is a noble kindred (genus) of the Kingdom of Hungary. Their ancestors may have been among the tribal leaders of the Kabars (three nomadic tribes that joined the tribal federation of the Magyars in the 9th century). The Gesta Hungarorum ("The Deeds of the Hungarians") mentions that Ede and Edemen, the Abas' ancestors, received land possession around the Mátra Mountains, especially in Gyöngyöspata – Heves County, after the conquest of the Carpathian Basin by the Magyars (around 895). The Gesta Hunnorum et Hungarorum ("The Deeds of the Huns and the Hungarians", 1282–85) connects the family to Attila the Hun.

Samuel Aba was the most prominent member of the family who became King of Hungary (1041–1044). The gens may have been named after him. Amade Aba is another prominent descendant of the family; he held several castles and possessions on the northern and north-eastern parts of the kingdom in the first decade of the 14th century.

The gens divided into several families in the course of the centuries.

Today there are nineteen noble families that directly descend from the Royal House of Aba, and belong to Clan Aba – “Genus Aba”. They are: Athinai, Báthory of the Clan Aba, Báthory de Gagy, Bertóthy, Budaméry, Csirke, Csobánka, Frichi, Gagyi, Hedry, Keczer, Kompolthi, Laczkffy de Nádasd, Lapispataky, Rhédey, Sirokay, Somosy de Somos, Vendéghy and Vitéz.

Various members of the Rhedey von Kis-Rhede branch of Genus Aba held many royal offices and acquired many hereditary titles. Among them – Voivod (Dukes) and Princes of Transylvania, Counts of Rhedey von Kis-Rhede, Hereditary Count Palatines of the Holy Roman Empire, Papal Hereditary Count Palatines of the Lateran Palace and Countess von Hohenstein.

In the case of Countess Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde - Countess von Hohenstein: Prince Francis of Teck was later created Duke of Teck. He married Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, a granddaughter of King George III and became a member of the British Royal Family. His only daughter, Mary of Teck, married Prince George, Duke of York in July 1893, becoming Queen-Consort on her husband's accession to the throne in May 1910. The current British monarch, Elizabeth II is Mary's granddaughter, and thus Claudine's great-great-granddaughter.

Usage examples of "aba".

The room was a madhouse, with ABA employees trying to herd the reporters and the reporters clearly wondering, more or less out loud, how they were going to manage to put together any kind of wordage at all.

We carried Aziz out upon the trembling land, wrapped in my aba for a shroud, and we found a place where we could break through the glittering crust, and we laid Aziz on the quaggy quicksand under it.

Keca Aba, Ketche Avalon Mother Sun, to the Cheremis of Russia, was worshiped by bowing in the direction of the east each morning as she rose.

Turkish delight or cyclopedias, I want to go home to Aba and Button and Mr.

Iza and Aba were talking on one side of the large bonfire, died down to embers, while Ayla and Aga sat silently watching Ona and Uba play.

Zoug and Dorv can keep the fire going to keep animals and evil spirits away, and Aba can do the cooking.

The same feeling is, however, maintained by another institution, the aba, or common hunt, which is a reminiscence of a very remote past.

The common meal, like the festival at the old tribal folkmote--the mahl or malum--or the Buryate aba, or the parish feast and the harvest supper, was simply an affirmation of brotherhood.

Moreover, national abas, to assert the unity of the whole Buryate nation, are convoked from time to time.

In such abas the entire Buryate nation revives its epic traditions of a time when it was united in a powerful league.

But the son of Abas was passing along the raised banks of the muddy river, and the boar from some unseen lair leapt out of the reed-bed, and charging gashed his thigh and severed in twain the sinews and the bone.

Face grim, Knucklebones called and the children, trained to run at the first sign of trouble, came creeping from the shadows: Corah, crying over her dead father, the topknotted twins Aba and Zykta, Rolon dragging his weighted chain as if it were too heavy for him.

He was not in truth the son of Abas, but Leto's son himself begat him to be numbered among the illustrious Aeolids.

Ilioneus was her chief: Alethes old, Achates faithful, Abas young and bold, Endur'd not less.

The sun had now fulfill'd his annual course, And Boreas on the seas display'd his force: I fix'd upon the temple's lofty door The brazen shield which vanquish'd Abas bore.