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, a form generally retained in European languages for the Arabic riḳḳ “dessicated terrain”, in its Bedouin realisation (Sahara of the Mag̲h̲rib) rẹ̆ gg ; cf. LʿA. s.vv. riḳḳ , raḳḳ , raḳāḳ , ruḳāḳ , with a common denominator meaning “terrain where water has disappeared, at least on the surface”, and with varying connotations. See G. Boris, Lexique du parler arabe des Marazig , Paris 1958, 220: r e gāg , pl. r e gāgāt , “a wide expanse of desert terrain”.

In French, the word has become a scientific term which may be used in reference to any part of the globe. As a stony flat or…

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Callot, Y., “Reg”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 28 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6275>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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