Amharic Language, the language of Am-hara, the largest division of Abyssinia, including all that portion which lies between the Blue Nile and the Tacazze rivers, and having Lake Tzana in the centre. It is spoken with some variations of dialect throughout Abyssinia, and a knowledge of it is therefore essential to an Abyssinian traveller. It is of ancient Semitic origin, and related to the old Ethiopian or Ceez, which it superseded in the early part of the 14th century as the language of the court, and gradually also as the popular idiom. It resembles, however, the Geez much less than does the Tigre, the dialect of the northern province of Abyssinia, being to a great degree corrupted by non-Semitic African admixtures, and stinted in its grammatical forms. Its alphabet is the Geez, slightly modified. (See Ethiopian Language.) Very little is known of the Amharic language, though the British and Foreign Bible society have published first the New Testament (1829) and later the whole Bible in that tongue.