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odalisque

[ohd-l-isk] /ˈoʊd l ɪsk/
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
1675-1685
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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  • But as always with a new odalisque, his first step was to examine her.
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odalisque

/ˈəʊdəlɪsk/
noun
1.
a female slave or concubine
Word Origin
C17: via French, changed from Turkish ōdalik, from ōdah room + -lik n suffix
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Word Origin and History for odalisque
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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