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".

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Noun[edit]

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

  1. caliph
  2. vicar, deputy
  3. successor

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References[edit]

  • Wehr, Hans (1979), “خلف”, in J. Milton Cowan, editor, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, 4th edition, Ithaca, NY: Spoken Language Services, ISBN 0-87950-003-4