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ʿulama

or u·le·ma

[ oo-luh-mah ]
/ ˈu ləˌmɑ /
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plural noun Islam.
the doctors of Muslim religion and law.
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Origin of ʿulama

First recorded in 1680–90, ʿulama is from the Arabic word ʿulamā learned men

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British Dictionary definitions for ʿulama (1 of 2)

ulama1

ulema

/ (ˈuːlɪmə) /

noun
a body of Muslim scholars or religious leaders
a member of this body

Word Origin for ulama

C17: from Arabic `ulamā scholars, from `alama to know

British Dictionary definitions for ʿulama (2 of 2)

ulama2
/ (ˌuːˈlɑːmə) /

noun
a Meso-American team ball game, with a history dating back to as early as 1500 bc, played with a solid rubber ball on a long narrow court

Word Origin for ulama

from Nahuatl Ullamalitztli ball game
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