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 (hī′ər-ə-do͞ol′, -dyo͞ol′)
A slave serving in an ancient temple, as in Greece or Anatolia, in the service of a specific deity.

[Late Latin hierodūlus, from Greek hierodoulos : hieron, temple (from neuter of hieros, holy; see eis- in Indo-European roots) + doulos, slave.]

hi′er·o·du′lic (-do͞o′lĭk, -dyo͞o′-) adj.
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(Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece) a temple slave, esp a sacral prostitute
[C19: from Greek hierodoulos, from hiero- + doulos slave]
ˌhieroˈdulic adj
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(ˈhaɪ ər əˌdul, -ˌdyul, ˈhaɪ rə-)

(in the ancient world) a slave attached to the temple of a particular deity.
[1825–35; < Greek hieródoulos=hieró(n) temple + doúlos slave]
hi`er•o•du′lic, adj.
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