One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In certain Arab countries (especially Egypt): a chief of a town or large village; an official governing a district sector.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine. From Arabic ʿumda column, support, trustworthy authority, village chief from ʿamada to support.
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