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- n. An Egyptian singer or dancing-girl used for entertainment or as a professional mourner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as alme.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name given in some parts of the East, and especially in Egypt, to a girl whose occupation is to amuse company in the houses of the wealthy or to sing dirges at funerals; a singing girl, of a higher class than the ghawazee or dancing-girls of Egypt, with whom the almas are sometimes confounded. See ghawazee and ghaziyeh. Also spelled alme and almeh.
- n. A Turkish measure of capacity, equal to 1.15 gallons.
From colloquial Arabic عالمة (‘ālima), originally a feminine adjective meaning “learned, knowledgeable”, from علم (‘alima, "to know"). (Wiktionary)