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اسو أسو اسو سوى سوي آسو آسي , where, in one copy, I find الأُلَى in the place of الأُولَى.) And another poet says, “ وَإَِنَّ الإُِلَآءِ يَعْلَمُونَكَ مِنْهُمُ
” [And verily they who know thee, of them]: which shows what has been said above, respecting the change of meaning. (ISd.) Ziyád El-Aajam uses the former of the two words without ال, saying, “ فَأَنْتُمْ أُولَى جِئْتُمْ مَعَ البَقْلِ وَالدَّبَى
فَطَارَ وَهذَا شَخْصُكُمْ غَيْرُ طَائِرِ
” [For ye are they who came with the herbs, or leguminous plants, and the young locusts, and they have gone away, while these, yourselves, are not going away]: (T:) he means that their nobility is recent. (Ham p. 678; where, instead of فأنتم and اولى, we find وَأَنْتُمُ and أُلَا.) ― -b2- In the phrase العَرَبُ الأُولَى, (as in the L, and in some copies of the S and K,) or الأُلَى, (as also in the L, and in other copies of the S and K, [and thus it is always pronounced,]) الاولى or الالى may also signify الَّذِينَ, the verb سَلَفُوا being suppressed after it, because understood; [so that the meaning is, The Arabs who have preceded, or passed away;] so says Ibn-EshShejeree: (L:) or it is formed by transposition from الأُوَلُ, being pl. of أُولَى [fem. of أَوَّلُ], like as أُخَرُ is pl. of آخَ: and it is thus in the phrase, ذَهَبَتِ العَرَبُ الأُولَى or الأُلَى [The first Arabs have passed away]. (S, K.) 'Obeyd Ibn-ElAbras uses the phrase, نَحْنُ الأُلَى [as meaning We are the first]. (TA.)
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