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druse

[drooz] /druz/
noun
1.
an incrustation of small crystals on the surface of a rock or mineral.
Origin of druse
1745-1755
1745-55; < German; compare Middle High German, Old High German druos gland, tumor, German Drüse gland (Middle High German drües, plural of druos)

Druze

or Druse

[drooz] /druz/
noun
1.
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
1595-1605; < Arabic durūz, plural of durzī a Druze, derivative of the name of one of the sect founders, Muḥammad ibn Ismāʿīl al-Darazī
Related forms
Druzean, Druzian, adjective
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  • The druse camp was silent, and had been since that first shouted alarm, but it was alert and the druse were no fools.

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  • Was a druse Caimacam to govern the Christians in his district?

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • Though he knew where he was and who these men were, Ali felt as he had when spying on the druse tribesmen.

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  • The Christians in the druse districts were vassals of druse lords.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • Now it is that, if ever he enjoys himself, the druse indulges p. 326in a little relaxation.

  • The northern passes are not guarded by Maronite or by druse.'

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • Nervous, but controlling himself, Ali counted the druse as they raced down the hill.

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British Dictionary definitions for druse

druse

/druːz/
noun
1.
an aggregate of small crystals within a cavity, esp those lining a cavity in a rock or mineral
2.
(botany) a globular mass of calcium oxalate crystals formed around an organic core, found in some plant cells
Word Origin
C19: from German, from Old High German druos bump

Druse

/druːz/
noun (pl) Druse, Druze
1.
  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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Word Origin and History for druse

Druse

member of a Muslim sect centered in Lebanon, 1786, from Arabic duruz, plural of darazi, from name of the sect founder, Ismail ad-Darazi (11c.), literally "Ismail the Tailor."

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druse in Medicine

druse (drōōz)
n. pl. dru·sen (drōō'zən)
One of the small hyaline or colloid bodies sometimes occurring behind the retina of the eye.

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