odalisque

[ohd-l-isk]
noun
1.
a female slave or concubine in a harem, especially in that of the sultan of Turkey.
2.
(initial capital letter) any of a number of representations of such a woman or of a similar subject, as by Ingres or Matisse.
Also, odalisk.


Origin:
1675–85; < French, alteration of earlier odalique (with -s- perhaps from -esque -esque) < Turkish odalιk concubine, equivalent to oda room + -lιk noun suffix of appurtenance

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odalisque or odalisk (ˈəʊdəlɪsk)
 
n
a female slave or concubine
 
[C17: via French, changed from Turkish ōdalik, from ōdah room + -lik n suffix]
 
odalisk or odalisk
 
n
 
[C17: via French, changed from Turkish ōdalik, from ōdah room + -lik n suffix]

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odalisque
1680s, "female slave in a harem," from Fr. odalisque (1664), from Turk. odaliq "maidservant," from odah "room in a harem," lit. "chamber, hall" + -liq, suffix expressing function. In Fr., the suffix was confused with Gk. -isk(os) "of the nature of, belonging to."
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But as always with a new odalisque, his first step was to examine her.
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