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Mata Hari

[mah-tuh hahr-ee, mat-uh har-ee]
noun
(Gertrud Margarete Zelle) 1876–1917, Dutch dancer in France: executed as a spy by the French.
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Mata Hari (ˈmɑːtə ˈhɑːrɪ)
 
n
real name Gertrud Margarete Zelle. 1876--1917, Dutch dancer in France, who was executed as a German spy in World War I

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Mata Hari
stage name taken by Margaretha Gertruida Zelle (1876-1917), from Malay mata "eye" + hari "day, dawn."
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Mata Hari [(mah-tuh hahr-ee, mat-uh har-ee)]

A Dutch spy who worked for both the French and the Germans during World War I. The French executed her in 1917.

Note: A “Mata Hari” is a seductive, double-dealing woman.
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