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A cavity or opening in rock lined with tiny crystals, usually composed of the same minerals that occur in the rock.
[German, weathered ore, probably from Middle High German druos, gland, tumor, from Old High German.]
n, pl druse or drusen
1. (Minerals) an aggregate of small crystals within a cavity, esp those lining a cavity in a rock or mineral
2. (Botany) botany a globular mass of calcium oxalate crystals formed around an organic core, found in some plant cells
[C19: from German, from Old High German druos bump]
n, pl Druse or Druze
(Other Non-Christian Religions)
a. a member of a religious sect, mainly living in Syria, Lebanon, and Israel, having certain characteristics in common with Muslims
b. (as modifier): Druse beliefs.
[C18: from Arabic Durūz the Druses, after Ismail al-Darazi Ismail the tailor, 11th-century Muslim leader who founded the sect]
ˈDrusean, ˈDrusian, ˈDruzean, ˈDruzian adj
an incrustation of small crystals on the surface of a rock or mineral.
[1805–15; < German; compare Middle High German, Old High German druos gland, tumor, German Drüse gland (Middle High German drües, pl. of druos)]
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|Noun||1.||Druse - an adherent of an esoteric monotheistic religious sect living in the relative security of the mountains of Syria and Lebanon who believes that Al-hakim was an incarnation of God; "a Druze is permitted to conform outwardly to the faith of the unbelievers among whom he lives"|