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Mulla (Arab., mawla, ‘master’). A Muslim (man or woman) who has studied the basic disciplines. In Ithna ʿAshariyya Shiʿism, a mulla is a teacher and preacher, who leads the congregational prayer; Persian akhun(d) is the equivalent.

blackwater fever

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blackwater fever (blak-waw-ter) n. a rare and serious complication of malignant (falciparum) malaria in which there is massive destruction of the red blood cells, leading to the presence of the blood pigment haemoglobin in the urine.

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