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mul·lahalso mul·la (mŭl′ə, mo͝ol′ə)
1. A religious teacher or leader, especially in Shiite practice.
2. Used as a form of address for such a teacher.
[Urdu mullā, from Persian, from Arabic mawlā, master, friend, from waliya, to become near, be in charge; see wly in Semitic roots.]
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(Islam) governance or rule by mullahs
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