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ʿAlawite

[al-uh-weet, al-uh-weet] /ˈæl əˌwit, ˌæl əˈwit/
noun, Islam.
1.
a member of a Shiʿite sect inhabiting the coastal district of Latakia in northwest Syria.
Also, ʿAlawi
[al-uh-wee] /ˈæl ə wi/ (Show IPA)
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Also called Nusairi.
Origin of ʿAlawite
< Arabic ʿAlawī + -ite1
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