ʿulama

or u·le·ma

[oo-luh-mah]
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plural noun Islam.

the doctors of Muslim religion and law.

Origin of ʿulama

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

1

ulema

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

ulama

2

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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