Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Mohammedan countries, a saint; a holy man.
- n. Among European travelers in Mohammedan countries, a tomb or mausoleum (actually or nominally of a saint), visited as a shrine.
“Ma ia wa, kau mai la ka weli ia Kaeloikamalama ma, hoomaka laua e holo mai ke alo aku o ua moo nei.”
“A weli was a conspicuous object at some distance to the south, and near to the Lake Hhooleh, which the Moslems name after "Judah the son of”
“Le ke yona indawo, kufuneka icace oku kwebhokwe emhlophe ihamba ehlungwini: Embusweni wentando yabantu, ngabantu, ayamkelekile konke into yokuba iqaqobana labantu linganako ukunyazelisa intando neemfuno zalo, ngokwenjenjalo lisengele phantsi, lidobelela iimfanelo namalungelo akhe namnye ummi weli lizwe.”
“He is ruler over all the _Jebel 'Ajloon_, and has been residing lately on the summit of a high hill rising before us to the east, where there is a weli or tomb of”
“At length we attained the highest peak, where there was scarcely more space than sufficient to contain the small weli-building, which was at the time untenanted, though we had expected to find a Moslem devotee in permanent residence there.”
“Cuckoos and partridges were heard plentifully; and, on looking back, I saw a very large raven hovering over the weli.”
“Soon passed _Farra'an_ on our left, with a weli and a cistern below it, by the roadside.”
“The village is built upon a mass of calcareous rock, commanding magnificent views towards the south, including the Dead Sea and the line of the Jordan; higher hills bounded the north, on which was conspicuous the town of _Tayibeh_, near which is a _weli_ or _mezar_ (pilgrimage station) named after St George, who is an object of veneration to both”
“Entering the weli, we found near the door a common-looking tomb, with an”
“Leaving the Hebron road at _'Ain Dirweh_, we ascended the lofty hill to the little village and weli of _Nebi Yunas_, (Prophet Jonah,) which is so conspicuous an object far away in every direction, -- the minaret which rises from the building giving it very much the appearance of a rural church in Europe.”
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