Definitions

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  • n. A mysterious prophetic voice heard at night and in the desert. It figures in Arabian folklore.

Etymologies

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From Arabic هاتف (hātif), "shouting".

Examples

  • He told me a shaft had been driven into a hillside about a year ago upon the advice of a hatif that had whispered in the ears of several of the principal citizens of the village, and that a few interesting and valuable items had been brought to the surface.

    The Urth of the New Sun

  • In _Warner's Emperor_, which is a tall kind, the flowers are nearly double the size of those of the _Pois nain hatif_, but _Hairs 'Dwarf Monmouth_, which has large leaves, likewise has large flowers.

    The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I.

  • The tall kinds have larger leaves than the dwarf kinds, but not in strict proportion to their height: -- _Hairs 'Dwarf Monmouth_ has very large leaves, and the _Pois nain hatif_, and the moderately tall _Blue

    The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I.

  • Hussain is a hatif of the Koran-he's memorized it all-and, as such, "he is a respected member of the Muslim community."

    The New Republic - All Feed

  • And as for a hatif, I'd bet that many schoolboys who attended madrassas, which are mostly centers of ignorance like many ultra-Orthodox

    The New Republic - All Feed

  • RuhnDMC Thank you Bill Nye for teaching me about science. thank you Carmen Sandiego for teaching me geography .. racheldohertyy avatar was better than expected, just tooo long. back is aching haha. bed time now:) up early to study geography, oh the joys ..: | night xx jordanrance_ i should've revised geography on my entirely pointless day today. hatif #ebz They say it's the mathematics of Hell.

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