from The 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.


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  • Ma ia wa, kau mai la ka weli ia Kaeloikamalama ma, hoomaka laua e holo mai ke alo aku o ua moo nei.

    The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai

  • 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

    Byeways in Palestine

  • 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

    Byeways in Palestine

  • 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.

    Byeways in Palestine

  • Cuckoos and partridges were heard plentifully; and, on looking back, I saw a very large raven hovering over the weli.

    Byeways in Palestine

  • Soon passed _Farra'an_ on our left, with a weli and a cistern below it, by the roadside.

    Byeways in Palestine

  • 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

    Byeways in Palestine

  • Entering the weli, we found near the door a common-looking tomb, with an

    Byeways in Palestine

  • 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.

    Byeways in Palestine


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