shei·kha also shei·ka (shākä)
a. The wife of a sheikh.
b. Islam A woman respected for her piety or religious learning.
2. Used as a form of address for such a woman.
[Arabic šayḫa, old woman, matron, feminine of šayḫ, old man, sheikh; see SHEIKH.]
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