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also o·da·lisk  (ō′də-lĭsk′)
1. A woman slave in a harem.
2. An artistic representation, often highly eroticized, of such a slave.

[French, from alteration of Turkish odalık, chambermaid, female slave attending women of the harem : oda, room (from Old Turkic otāğ, tent, temporary dwellling of nomads, probably originally meaning "place where a fire is lit" and akin to ōt, fire) + -lık, suff. expressing function.]
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(ˈəʊdəlɪsk) or


a female slave or concubine
[C17: via French, changed from Turkish ōdalik, from ōdah room + -lik n suffix]
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or o•da•lisk

(ˈoʊd l ɪsk)

a female slave or concubine in a harem, esp. in that of the sultan of Turkey.
[1675–85; < French < Turkish odalIk concubine]
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Noun1.odalisque - a woman slave in a harem
concubine, courtesan, doxy, paramour - a woman who cohabits with an important man
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nOdaliske f
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As to their women, it is a little different: they cultivate beauty from childhood upwards, and may by care and training attain to a certain degree of excellence in that point, just like the oriental odalisques. Yet even this superiority is doubtful.
He has sewn up ever so many odalisques in sacks and tilted them into the Nile.
"Now look here, when Olympia was shown at the Salon, Zola--amid the jeers of the Philistines and the hisses of the pompiers, the academicians, and the public, Zola said: `I look forward to the day when Manet's picture will hang in the Louvre opposite the Odalisque of Ingres, and it will not be the Odalisque which will gain by comparison.' It'll be there.
It used to be part of the task of colonial administrators to render Africans as enslaveable property, the Chinese as supplementary labour, Indians as illiterate wasters, Pakhtuns as intractable warriors, and oriental women as odalisques.
And those glowing clouds are odalisques lolling on the velvet divan of the sky like so many "Naked Majas," like you!
Early student copies after Matisse's odalisques and Balla's coiling Futurist patterns prefigure the artist's later and more mature explorations of the traditional uli aesthetic of the Igbo culture, notable for its sinuous, circular motifs, which invoke spiritual notions of cyclically and renewal.
Mounira al-Solh projected a quirky comedy upon them, while Dima al-Horr portrayed the immobile forms of sunbathing men as male odalisques.
Once again, she used henna to cover everything from the walls, curtains and sheets to the bodies and diaphanous garments of her 'Odalisques' with layers and layers of calligraphic text, concealing their bare skin.
He incorporated them into his paintings of odalisques, nudes and still lifes.
Appropriating the stereotypes of a colonial Orient, Benjamin-Constant alternated indolent odalisques and fierce Moors in his huge, meticulously constructed compositions.
Il est a rappeler que ce candidat aux Presidentielles est connu pour son projet preconisant la polygamie et l'introduction des odalisques (jawari)
Peekaboo cut-outs on carved wood mirrors beguile, inviting would-be odalisques to lounge upon Bathe Home's enticingly-patterned plump cushions.