- an incrustation of small crystals on the surface of a rock or mineral.
Origin of druse
1745–55; < German; compare Middle High German, Old High German druos gland, tumor, German Drüse gland (Middle High German drües, plural of druos)
- Islam. a member of an independent religious sect living chiefly in Syria, Lebanon, and Israel, established in the 11th century as a branch of Ismaʿili Shiʿism and containing elements of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, and believing in the transmigration of souls and the ultimate perfection of humankind.
Origin of Druze
1595–1605; < Arabic durūz, plural of durzī a Druze, derivative of the name of one of the sect founders, Muḥammad ibn Ismāʿīl al-Darazī
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Examples from the Web for druse
That's actually a matter of intense debate with the Druse and Beduin communities.
Butler also seems to say that the non-Jewish population consists of three groups: Palestinians, Druse and Beduin.
At the same time, Butler's comment defines Druse and Beduin as not being Palestinian.
The northern passes are not guarded by Maronite or by Druse.'
Was a Druse Caimacam to govern the Christians in his district?
The Christians in the Druse districts were vassals of Druse lords.
The grizzled Druse scratched his head, and looked at him keenly.
A Druse disliked a Maronite Christian, so he went quietly and knifed him.
- an aggregate of small crystals within a cavity, esp those lining a cavity in a rock or mineral
- botany a globular mass of calcium oxalate crystals formed around an organic core, found in some plant cells
C19: from German, from Old High German druos bump
- a member of a religious sect, mainly living in Syria, Lebanon, and Israel, having certain characteristics in common with Muslims
- (as modifier)Druse beliefs
C18: from Arabic Durūz the Druses, after Ismail al-Darazi Ismail the tailor, 11th-century Muslim leader who founded the sect
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Word Origin and History for druse
member of a Muslim sect centered in Lebanon, 1786, from Arabic duruz, plural of darazi, from name of the sect founder, Ismail ad-Darazi (11c.), literally "Ismail the Tailor."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- One of the small hyaline or colloid bodies sometimes occurring behind the retina of the eye.
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