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houri

[hoo r-ee, houuh r-ee, hou-uh-ree] /ˈhʊər i, ˈhaʊər i, ˈhaʊ ə ri/
noun, plural houris.
1.
one of the beautiful virgins provided in paradise for all faithful Muslims.
Origin of houri
1730-1740
1730-40; < French < Persian hūrī < Arabic ḥūr plural of ḥaurāʾ gazelle-eyed (woman)
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houri

/ˈhʊərɪ/
noun (pl) -ris
1.
(in Muslim belief) any of the nymphs of Paradise
2.
any alluring woman
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Persian hūri, from Arabic hūr, plural of haurā' woman with dark eyes
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Word Origin and History for houri
n.

"nymph of Muslim paradise," 1737, from French houri (1650s), from Persian huri "nymph in Paradise," from Arabic haura "to be beautifully dark-eyed," like a gazelle + -i, Persian formative element denoting the singular.

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