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

  • noun The Shiites.
  • noun A Shiite.
  • adjective Shiite.

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  • noun Alternative form of Shi'a.

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  • noun one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam; mainly in Iran

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Arabic šī‘a, following, sect, from šā‘a, to spread, become known; see śyע in Semitic roots.]

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