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hou·ri

 (ho͝or′ē, ho͞o′rē)
n. pl. hou·ris
1. A seductive, alluring woman.
2. One of the beautiful virgins of the Koranic paradise.

[French, from Persian ḥūrī, from Arabic ḥūrīya, nymph, houri, from ḥūr, pl. of ḥawrā', feminine of 'aḥwar, possessing ḥawar, intense whiteness of the sclera contrasting with deep blackness of the iris of the eye; see ḥwr in Semitic roots.]

houri

(ˈhʊərɪ)
n, pl -ris
1. (Islam) (in Muslim belief) any of the nymphs of Paradise
2. any alluring woman
[C18: from French, from Persian hūri, from Arabic hūr, plural of haurā' woman with dark eyes]

hou•ri

(ˈhʊər i, ˈhaʊər i, ˈhaʊ ə ri)

n., pl. -ris.
one of the beautiful virgins provided in paradise for all faithful Muslims.
[1730–40; < French < Persian hūrī < Arabic ḥūr, pl. of ḥaurā' gazelle-eyed (woman)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.houri - a voluptuously beautiful young womanhouri - a voluptuously beautiful young woman
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
2.houri - (Islam) one of the dark-eyed virgins of perfect beauty believed to live with the blessed in Paradise
Mohammedanism, Muhammadanism, Muslimism, Islam, Islamism - the monotheistic religious system of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran; "Islam is a complete way of life, not a Sunday religion"; "the term Muhammadanism is offensive to Muslims who believe that Allah, not Muhammad, founded their religion"
mythical being - an imaginary being of myth or fable
Translations

houri

n (Rel) → Huri f; (fig)orientalische Schönheit
References in classic literature ?
But the skies that angel trod, Where deep thoughts are a duty - Where Love's a grown up God - Where the Houri glances are Imbued with all the beauty Which we worship in a star.
What is your theologian's ecstasy but Mahomet's houri in the dark?
The figure of a houri," remarked Smith-Oldwick, "with the face of an imbecile.
That houri, appearing, shakes him up in the usual manner and is charged by the old gentleman to remain near him.
Where was the beautiful black-eyed Houri whose appearance in the first charade had caused such delight?
I would not exchange this one little English girl for the Grand Turk's whole seraglio, gazelle-eyes, houri forms, and all
It was thus the fountains were dancing to the moon in Arabia; it was thus the Nixies shook their white limbs on the haunted banks of the Rhine; it was thus the fairy women flashed their alabaster feet on the fairy hills of Connemara; it was thus the Houris were dancing for Mahomet on the palace floors of Paradise.
Pontellier, blazing with beauty and diamonds at the head of the board, while the other women were all of them youthful houris, possessed of incomparable charms.
By that good lady the Houris are said to be held in deficient
I would soon have beat him into courtesy,'' observed Brian; ``I am accustomed to deal with such spirits: Our Turkish you shall soon be judge; and if the purity of her complexion, and the majestic, yet soft expression of a mild blue eye, do not chase from your memory the black-tressed girls of Palestine, ay, or the houris of old Mahound's paradise, I am an infidel, and no true son of the church.
His poems do not tell of a rough and vigorous life, but of luxury and softness; of tyrants and slaves, of beautiful houris and dreadful villains.
Transform those houris into dusky hags and ragged savages, and replace their rounded forms with shrunken and knotted distortions, their soft hands with scarred and hideous deformities, and the persuasive music of their voices with the discordant din of a hated language, and then see how much lingering reluctance to leave could be mustered.