- a member of any of various Muslim orders of ascetics, some of which (whirling dervishes) are noted for a frenzied, ecstatic, whirling dance
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der•vish (dûr′vish),USA pronunciation n.
- Eastern Religionsa member of any of various Muslim ascetic orders, as the Sufis, some of which carry on ecstatic observances, such as energetic dancing and whirling or vociferous chanting or shouting.
- Persian darvīsh poor man, beggar
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dervish /ˈdɜːvɪʃ/ n
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