Is·ma·i·li (ĭs'mä-ēʹlē) also Is·ma·i·li·an (-ēʹlē-ən) n. pl. Is·ma·i·lis also Is·ma·i·li·ans
A member of a branch of Shiism that follows a living imam and is noted for esoteric philosophy.
  [Arabic Isma‘īlīy, after Isma‘īl (died 760), son of the sixth imam, Jafar (700?-765).]

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