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[dawr-kuh s] /ˈdɔr kəs/
a Christian woman at Joppa who made clothing for the poor. Acts 9:36–41. Unabridged
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  • "But it couldn't have been just as easy as that," Dorcas insisted.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • "Miss Day was frightened by the cats last night," said Dorcas.

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • Justinian and Dorcas mostly stay at home now, because they are old.'

    Armorel of Lyonesse Walter Besant
  • That the blood she had seen upon the hand of Dorcas Knight was—oh, heaven!

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • Dorcas and Amarillis were then going to fall at the feet of their generous benefactor, but he would by no means permit it.

    The Blossoms of Morality Richard Johnson
  • Dorcas put her foot on the step and seated herself beside him.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • Dorcas, who had hoped to see the child, held once more to her heart the living mother.

    Miles Tremenhere, Vol 2 of 2 Annette Marie Maillard
  • Dorcas hardly missed him, for she, too, had new ways to walk.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • Dorcas says, she was visible to her but once before the whole day; and then she seemed very solemn and sedate.

    Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • The skin was like a rose, a fainter, pinker rose than Dorcas had ever seen.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for Dorcas


a charitable woman of Joppa (Acts 9:36–42)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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