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almah

[al-muh] /ˈæl mə/
noun
1.
(in Egypt) a woman or girl who dances or sings professionally.
Also, alma, alme, almeh.
Origin of almah
Egyptian Arabic
< Egyptian Arabic ʿalmah, variant of Arabic ʿālimah literally, knowledgeable
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n.

Egyptian dancing-girl, belly-dancer, 1814, perhaps from Arabic almah (fem. adjective), "learned, knowing," from alama "to know." Or perhaps from a Semitic root meaning "girl" (cf. Hebrew alma "a young girl, a damsel").

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