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Alaouite

Alawite

noun
  1. a member of a Shiite sect of Syrian Muslims
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adjective
  1. of or relating to this sect
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Word Origin

via French from Arabic, from 'alaoui upper, celestial, from 'ala (vb) to excel, surpass
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