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[drooz] /druz/
Islam. a member of an independent religious sect living chiefly in Syria, Lebanon, and Israel, established in the 11th century as a branch of Ismaʿili Shiʿism and containing elements of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, and believing in the transmigration of souls and the ultimate perfection of humankind.
Origin of Druze
1595-1605; < Arabic durūz, plural of durzī a Druze, derivative of the name of one of the sect founders, Muḥammad ibn Ismāʿīl al-Darazī
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Druzean, Druzian, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) Druse, Druze
  1. a member of a religious sect, mainly living in Syria, Lebanon, and Israel, having certain characteristics in common with Muslims
  2. (as modifier): Druse beliefs
Derived Forms
Drusean, Drusian, Druzean, Druzian, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Arabic Durūz the Druses, after Ismail al-Darazi Ismail the tailor, 11th-century Muslim leader who founded the sect
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