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ALME or ALMAI (from alim, wise, learned), the name of a class of singing girls in Egypt who are present at festivals and entertainments, and act as hired mourners at funerals. They are to be distinguished from the ghawazee, or dancing girls, who perform in the public streets and are of a lower order.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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