خليفة

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Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

فَعِيل (faʿīl)-type stative-verb active participle from the verb خَلَفَ (ḵalafa, to be the successor, to substitute for), with unexpected feminine ending, from the root خ ل ف (ḵ-l-f); literally, "successor, substitute".

Noun[edit]

خَلِيفَة (ḵalīfam (plural خُلَفَاء (ḵulafāʾ) or خَلَائِف (ḵalāʾif))

  1. caliph
  2. vicar, deputy
  3. successor

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