ĥalifo

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Etymology[edit]

Phonetic derivation from Arabic خَلِيفَة(ḵalīfa, caliph) and خَلِيف(ḵalīf, successor). As there are many words containing ĥ that have alternative forms replacing it with k, this unofficial form of kalifo may have been created by analogy or hypercorrection.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /xaˈlifo/
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  • Hyphenation: ĥa‧li‧fo

Noun[edit]

ĥalifo (accusative singular ĥalifon, plural ĥalifoj, accusative plural ĥalifojn)

  1. (nonstandard) Alternative spelling of kalifo.

Usage notes[edit]

Though unofficial, this form is often preferred to kalifo due to its closer phonetic resemblance to the original Arabic.