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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. 2017.
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  • "He might congratulate himself," kore said, blinking his little lizard eyes.

    The Man with the Clubfoot Valentine Williams
  • As the kore is the representative of vegetable life, so Hestia stands in general for the indoor life, the family.

  • Teak (p. 054) and kore, two bosom chums, marched on the other side of the road.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
  • kore is also a punster who makes abominable puns; these amuse nobody except, perhaps, himself.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
  • But he escaped, and the Swiss congratulated each other heartily (kore).

    A Complete Grammar of Esperanto Ivy Kellerman Reed
  • kore cleaned the mess-tins, and Pryor, artistic even in matters of food, set about preparing a menu-card.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
  • This was the precursor to our arrival at kore, the most important naval station in Japan.

    Travels in the Far East Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
  • kore was followed by another fellow struck in the leg, and drawing himself wearily along.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
  • On that kore took his leave, promising to look in and see how I was faring in a few days' time.

    The Man with the Clubfoot Valentine Williams
  • This "kore" is longer than the ordinary sleeve, so long in fact that a man with his hand inside is rendered helpless.

    Hellenica Xenophon
Word Origin and History for kore


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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