dervish

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From Turkish derviş, from Ottoman Turkish, from Persian درویش (darviš), from Middle Persian dlgwš (driyōš, poor, needy).

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dervish (plural dervishes)

  1. A member of the Dervish fraternity of Sufism, known for spinning.
  2. (historical) One of the fanatical followers of the Mahdi, in the Sudan, in the 1880s.

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