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Dorcas

[dawr-kuh s] /ˈdɔr kəs/
noun
1.
a Christian woman at Joppa who made clothing for the poor. Acts 9:36–41.
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  • Dorcas of Lydda may have been of any age, but, judging by the circumstances, she had not completed her task.

  • "But it couldn't have been just as easy as that," Dorcas insisted.

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  • Dorcas had heard the guard explaining to visitors in the Aztec room.

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  • "You must have thought it funny the first time you saw one," said Dorcas Jane.

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  • "Ponce de Leon," supplied Dorcas Jane, proud that she could pronounce it.

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  • "But I shouldn't think the Indians would give it to them," said Dorcas.

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  • Dorcas Jane, who was eleven and a half and not at all imaginative, eyed him suspiciously.

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  • There were times when Dorcas Jane's frank disbelief was a great comfort to him.

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  • If old Dorcas could have had some of that she probably would not have eaten the little pig.

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  • Dorcas might possibly be a woman of this extraordinary character.

British Dictionary definitions for Dorcas

Dorcas

/ˈdɔːkəs/
noun
1.
a charitable woman of Joppa (Acts 9:36–42)
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Word Origin and History for Dorcas

fem. proper name, from Greek dorkas "gazelle, deer." Dorcas Society "ladies' meeting to make clothes for the poor" (1832) is from Acts ix:36-41.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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