druse

[drooz]
noun
an incrustation of small crystals on the surface of a rock or mineral.

Origin:
1745–55; < German; compare Middle High German, Old High German druos gland, tumor, German Drüse gland (Middle High German drües, plural of druos)

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druse (druːz)
 
n
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
 
[C19: from German, from Old High German druos bump]

Druse or Druze (druːz)
 
n , pl Druse, Druze
a.  a member of a religious sect, mainly living in Syria, Lebanon, and Israel, having certain characteristics in common with Muslims
 b.  (as modifier): Druse beliefs
 
[C18: from Arabic Durūz the Druses, after Ismail al-Darazi Ismail the tailor, 11th-century Muslim leader who founded the sect]
 
Druze or Druze
 
n
 
[C18: from Arabic Durūz the Druses, after Ismail al-Darazi Ismail the tailor, 11th-century Muslim leader who founded the sect]
 
'Drusean or Druze
 
adj
 
'Drusian or Druze
 
adj
 
'Druzean or Druze
 
adj
 
'Druzian or Druze
 
adj

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Druse
"member of a Muslim sect centered in Lebanon," 1786, from Arabic duruz, pl. of darazi, from name of the sect founder, Ismail ad-Darazi (11c.), lit. "Ismail the Tailor."
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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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The druse-shaped phytoliths produced in this family are distinctive in form and can be an identifying marker to family level.
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