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definition of the word almah

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From colloquial Arabic عالمة (‘ālima) ‘singer’, originally a feminine adjective meaning ‘learned, knowledgeable’, from علم (‘alima) ‘to know’.

Singular
almah

Plural
almahs or almah

almah (plural almahs or almah)

  1. an Egyptian singer or dancing-girl used for entertainment or as a professional mourner
    • 1998: Nostalgia is almah, the Arab dancing girl. She tells me stories of the drowned, the deadest of this world's dead. — Hélène Cixous, Firstdays of the Year, tr. Catherine Gillivray (Minnesota 1998, p. 157)

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