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

  • n. Variant of caliph.

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  • n. Alternative form of caliph.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as caliph, caliphate, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Literally, a successor: the title given to the successor of Mohammed as head of the Moslem state and defender of the faith.
  • n. I. (1512-20); the office has since remained in the Ottoman (Sunni) dynasty. The title calif was assumed by the Ommiad rulers of Mohammedan Spain at Cordova (755-1031), after the overthrow of the family in Asia. The Fatimite rulers of Egypt (909-1171) also called themselves califs. Also spelled kalif, khalif, etc.

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

  • n. the civil and religious leader of a Muslim state considered to be a representative of Allah on earth
  • n. a state in the western United States on the Pacific; the 3rd largest state; known for earthquakes

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