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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.]
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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]
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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)]
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|Noun||1.||houri - a voluptuously beautiful young woman|
|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
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