almah

[ al-muh ]
/ ˈæl mə /
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noun

(in Egypt) a woman or girl who dances or sings professionally.

Nearby words

  1. alma-tadema,
  2. alma-tadema, sir lawrence,
  3. almada,
  4. almadén,
  5. almagest,
  6. almanac,
  7. almanach de gotha,
  8. almandine,
  9. almandite,
  10. almaty

Also al·ma, alme, almeh.

Origin of almah

< Egyptian Arabic ʿalmah, variant of Arabic ʿālimah literally, knowledgeable

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Word Origin and History for almah

almah

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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