noun (, almahs or )
- an Egyptian singer or dancing-girl used for entertainment or as a professional mourner
Etymology: From colloquial Arabic (ARchar, ÙÙ) ("Älima) "singer", originally a feminine adjective meaning "learned, knowledgeable", from (ARchar, ÙÙ) ("alima) "to know".
- 1998: Nostalgia is , 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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