From colloquial Arabic ARchar|Ø¹Ø§ÙÙ
Ø© (âÄlima) âsingerâ, originally a feminine adjective meaning âlearned, knowledgeableâ, from ARchar|Ø¹ÙÙ
(âalima) âto knowâ.
en-noun2|almah|almahs or almah
- 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. â HÃ©lÃ¨ne Cixous, Firstdays of the Year, tr. Catherine Gillivray (Minnesota 1998, p. 157)