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Almeh

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Almeh was the name of a class of courtesans or female entertainers in Arab Egypt, women educated to sing and recite classical poetry and to discourse wittily, connected by musician Alain Weber to the qayna slave singers of pre-Islamic Arabia. They were educated girls of good social standing, trained in dancing, singing and poetry, present at festivals and entertainments, and hired as mourners at funerals.

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Google previewAcrostic Dictionary (1884)

Containing More Than Thirty Thousand Words with the Initials and Finals Alphabetically Arranged by Philippa M. Pearson

Anti-social Ah ‚ Antiphonal мешъгоьь А—Ъ Anathema Allah Abigail Anvil Allelujah Abnormal Apocryphal Almeh Aboriginal Apodal Although Abysmal Apostil Amaranth Accidental Appal Ambush Acquittal Apparel Anaglyph Acronycal Appeal ...

Google previewDictionary of the Slang-English of Australia and of Some Mixed Languages (1892)

by Karl August Lentzner

under the name of alma, curiously near that of the modern Egyptian alima (also alma or almeh). Dasis are the dancing girls attached to the pagodas. — Nelson: Madura.

Google previewThe Grove Encyclopedia of American Art (2011)

by Joan M. Marter

Moore's Almeh and the Politics of the Centennial Exhibition,” Amer.

Google previewThe Edinburgh Encyclopaedia (1832)

The dancing girls here alluded to, called almeh, are those who make a profession of dancing, singing, and relating tales for the amusement of company.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia Americana (1903)

A General Dictionary of the Arts and Sciences, Literature, History, Biography, Geography, Etc., of the World; Editor-in-chief, Frederick Converse Beach ... Managing Editor, Forrest Morgan ... Assistant Editors, Nathan Haskell Dole ... Edward Thomas Roe ... Thomas Campbell Copeland ... by Frederick Converse Beach, Forrest Morgan, George Edwin Rines, E. T. Roe, Nathan Haskell Dole, Thomas Campbell Copeland

'Almeh'; (The Blind Guitar-Player); and 'A Moorish Beggar.' Moore, SIR ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary: The Century dictionary (1895)

alme, almeh (alome), n. See alma. almena (al-mé' nä), n. [Sp. almena = Pg. ameia, a two-pound weight, prob. K. Ar. al, the, + menn, a measure, a two-pound weight.] A weight of about a kilogram, or 24 pounds, used in the ...

Google previewThe New Werner Twentieth Century Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1905)

A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature, Science, History, Geography, Commerce, Biography, Discovery and Invention

ALMEH or ALMAH, a modern Egyptian word, probably derived from the older Arabic alimah, meaning wise or learned. It is the name given to the better class of public singing and dancing girls in Egypt, who perform at entertainments of the rich ...

Google previewThe World-wide Encyclopedia and Gazetteer (1899)

by William Harrison De Puy

ALMEH or ALMAH, the name given to a professional female singer of the higher class ...

Google previewThe New American Encyclopaedia (1872)

A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge

Persons of high rank did not, however, indulge in it either in public or private assemblies, but employed professional dancers, like the almeh and gliawazee of the present time, who obtained a livelihood by performances in wealthy houses.

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Scrabble value of A1L1M3E1H4

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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