druse

[drooz]

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)

Druze

or Druse

[drooz]
noun
  1. 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for druse

Contemporary Examples of druse

  • That's actually a matter of intense debate with the Druse and Beduin communities.

    The Daily Beast logo
    It's How Badly She Said It

    Gershom Gorenberg

    February 12, 2013

  • Butler also seems to say that the non-Jewish population consists of three groups: Palestinians, Druse and Beduin.

    The Daily Beast logo
    It's How Badly She Said It

    Gershom Gorenberg

    February 12, 2013

  • At the same time, Butler's comment defines Druse and Beduin as not being Palestinian.

    The Daily Beast logo
    It's How Badly She Said It

    Gershom Gorenberg

    February 12, 2013

Historical Examples of druse

  • The northern passes are not guarded by Maronite or by Druse.'

    Tancred

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Was a Druse Caimacam to govern the Christians in his district?

    Tancred

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • The Christians in the Druse districts were vassals of Druse lords.

    Tancred

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • The grizzled Druse scratched his head, and looked at him keenly.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne

  • A Druse disliked a Maronite Christian, so he went quietly and knifed him.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne


British Dictionary definitions for druse

druse

noun
  1. an aggregate of small crystals within a cavity, esp those lining a cavity in a rock or mineral
  2. 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

Druse

Druze

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for druse

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

druse in Medicine

druse

[drōōz]
n. pl. dru•sen (drōōzən)
  1. One of the small hyaline or colloid bodies sometimes occurring behind the retina of the eye.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.