Pronunciation: (ō-mī'ad), [key]
—pl. -yads, -ya•desPronunciation: (-u-dēz"). [key]
1. a member of the dynasty that ruled at Damascusa.d.661–750, claiming descent from Omayya, cousin of the grandfather of Muhammad the Prophet.
2. a member of the dynasty of caliphs that ruled in southern Spain,a.d.756–1031: related to the Damascus dynasty. Also,Ommiad,Umayyad.
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