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bahai


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bahai  \Ba*hai"\  (b[.a]*h[imac]"),  n.;  pl  {Bahais}  (-h[imac]z). 
  A  member  of  the  sect  of  the  Babis  consisting  of  the  adherents 
  of  Baha  (Mirza  Husain  Ali,  entitled  ``Baha  'u  'llah,''  or 
  ``the  Splendor  of  God''),  the  elder  half  brother  of  Mirza 
  Yahya  of  Nur,  who  succeeded  the  Bab  as  the  head  of  the 
  Babists.  Baha  in  1863  declared  himself  the  supreme  prophet  of 
  the  sect,  and  became  its  recognized  head.  There  are  upwards 
  of  20,000  Bahais  in  the  United  States.