Eblis

noun

the chief evil jinni in Islamic mythology

Word Origin for Eblis

Arabic Iblīs, from Greek diabolos slanderer, devil

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Eblis

prince of the fallen angels in Arabic mythology and religion, from Arabic Iblis. Klein thinks this may be Greek diablos, passed through Syriac where the first syllable was mistaken for the Syriac genitive particle di and dropped.

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