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


an aggregate of small crystals within a cavity, esp those lining a cavity in a rock or mineral
(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


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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Word Origin and History for 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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