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maulvi

[moul-vee] /ˈmaʊl vi/
noun
1.
(in India) an expert in Islamic law: used especially as a term of respectful address among Muslims.
Also, molvi, moolvee, moolvi, moulvi.
Origin of maulvi
< Hindi maulvī < Arabic mawlawī, equivalent to mawlā master (see mullah) + suffix of appurtenance
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