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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • Muslim caliph (656–661) whose reign was marked by the division of Islam into Sunni and Shiite sects. This schism intensified after his assassination by members of a third Muslim sect.
  • Muhammad,American prizefighter who won the world heavyweight title in 1964, but was stripped of his title and banned from competing (1967–1970) as a result of his refusal to be inducted into the army during the Vietnam War. He later regained the title two more times (1974, 1978).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A male given name, derived from the Arabic root `-l-y which means "paramount".
  • proper noun The Muslim caliph Ali ibn Abi Talib, the rejection and assassination of whom, led to the schism between Sunni and Shiite branches. Arabic:(علي بن ابي طالب)
  • proper noun A Muslim surname
  • proper noun A diminutive of the female given names Alison, Alyson, Allyson or Allison, also spelled Allie.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the fourth caliph of Islam who is considered to be the first caliph by Shiites; he was a cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad; after his assassination Islam was divided into Shiite and Sunnite sects
  • noun United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship three times (born in 1942)

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