alawi

ʿAlawite

[al-uh-weet, al-uh-weet]
noun Islam.
a member of a Shiʿite sect inhabiting the coastal district of Latakia in northwest Syria.
Also, ʿAlawi [al-uh-wee] .
Also called Nusairi.


Origin:
< Arabic ʿAlawī + -ite1

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