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hierodule

[hahy-er-uh-dool, -dyool, hahy-ruh-]
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noun
  1. a slave in service in an ancient Greek temple.

Origin of hierodule

1825–35; < Greek hieródoulos temple slave, equivalent to hieró(n) temple + doúlos slave
Related formshi·er·o·du·lic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hierodule

hierodule

noun
  1. (in ancient Greece) a temple slave, esp a sacral prostitute
Derived Formshierodulic, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Greek hierodoulos, from hiero- + doulos slave
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