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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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  • But he escaped, and the Swiss congratulated each other heartily (kore).

    A Complete Grammar of Esperanto Ivy Kellerman Reed
  • Teak (p. 054) and kore, two bosom chums, marched on the other side of the road.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
  • "We wouldn't do it," said kore, who was of a rather religious turn of mind.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
  • "kore was shot at Moabit Prison this morning," she said in a low voice.

    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.

  • kore is also a punster who makes abominable puns; these amuse nobody except, perhaps, himself.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
  • kore cleaned the mess-tins, and Pryor, artistic even in matters of food, set about preparing a menu-card.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
  • When the row subsided kore was helped down, his face bleeding and an ugly gash showing above his left eye.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
  • kore was followed by another fellow struck in the leg, and drawing himself wearily along.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
  • When in the trenches Bill and kore amuse themselves by potting all day long at the German lines.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
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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