Complete Definition of "almah"

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

Pronunciation
IPA|/ˈælmə/

Noun
en-noun2|almah|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)

Alternative spellings
alma

io:almah
ru:almah
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