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[kawr-ee, kohr-ee; kawr-ey, kohr-ey] /ˈkɔr i, ˈkoʊr i; ˈkɔr eɪ, ˈkoʊr eɪ/
noun, plural korai
[kawr-ahy, kohr-ahy] /ˈkɔr aɪ, ˈkoʊr aɪ/ (Show IPA)
Greek Antiquity. a sculptured representation of a young woman, especially one produced prior to the 5th century b.c.
Also, Core, Cora. (initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. Persephone, especially as a symbol of virginity.
Origin of kore
First recorded in 1915-20, kore is from the Greek word kórē girl Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The word "Corea" evidently is nothing but a corruption of the dead and buried word "korai."

    Corea or Cho-sen A (Arnold) Henry Savage-Landor
Word Origin and History for korai


in Greek mythology, the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, also called Persephone in her aspect as Hades's wife, from Greek kore "maiden" (see crescent).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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