an incrustation of small crystals on the surface of a rock or mineral.

Nearby words

  1. drunkometer,
  2. drupaceous,
  3. drupe,
  4. drupelet,
  5. drury lane,
  6. drusilla,
  7. drusus,
  8. druthers,
  9. druze,
  10. dry

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)


or Druse



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

Related formsDru·ze·an, Dru·zi·an, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for druse



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

Word Origin for druse

C19: from German, from Old High German druos bump



noun plural Druse or Druze

  1. a member of a religious sect, mainly living in Syria, Lebanon, and Israel, having certain characteristics in common with Muslims
  2. (as modifier)Druse beliefs
Derived FormsDrusean, Drusian, Druzean or Druzian, adjective

Word Origin for Druse

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."

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Medicine definitions for druse



n. pl. dru•sen (drōōzən)

One of the small hyaline or colloid bodies sometimes occurring behind the retina of the eye.

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