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An anthology of seven pre-Islamic Arabian odes, each by a different 6th-cent. author, and said to have been collected together by Ḥammad al-Rāawiya (d. 772).
Late 18th century; earliest use found in William Jones. From Arabic muʿallaqāt, title of an anthology of pre-Islamic odes, plural of muʿallaqa, of uncertain origin.
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