maulvi

[ moul-vee ]
/ ˈmaʊl vi /

noun

(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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