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mullah

[muhl-uh, moo l-uh, moo-luh] /ˈmʌl ə, ˈmʊl ə, ˈmu lə/
noun
1.
(in Islamic countries) a title of respect for a person who is learned in, teaches, or expounds the sacred law.
2.
(in Turkey) a provincial judge.
Also, mulla, mollah.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Persian or Urdu mullā < Arabic mawlā; see maulvi
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mullah

/ˈmʌlə; ˈmʊlə/
noun
1.
(formerly) a Muslim scholar, teacher, or religious leader: also used as a title of respect
Word Origin
C17: from Turkish molla, Persian and Hindi mulla, from Arabic mawlā master
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mullah

n.

title given in Muslim lands to one learned in theology and sacred law, 1610s, from Turkish molla, Persian and Urdu mulla, from Arabic mawla "master," from waliya "reigned, governed."

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