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ALME

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Originally appearing in Volume V01, Page 713 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ALME or ALMAI (from 4lim, wise, learned), the name of a class of singing girls in Egypt who are present at festivals and entertainments, and act as hired mourners at funerals. They are to be distinguished from the ghawazee, or dancing girls, who perform in the public streets and are of a lower order.
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