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ʿAlawite

[al-uh-weet, al-uh-weet]
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noun Islam.
  1. a member of a Shiʿite sect inhabiting the coastal district of Latakia in northwest Syria.
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Also ʿAl·a·wi [al-uh-wee] /ˈæl ə wi/.

Origin of ʿAlawite

< Arabic ʿAlawī + -ite1
Also called Nusairi.
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