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eunuch

[ yoo-nuhk ]
/ ˈyu nək /
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noun

a castrated man, especially one formerly employed by rulers in the Middle East and Asia as a harem guard or palace official.

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Origin of eunuch

1350–1400; Middle English eunuk<Latin eunūchus<Greek eunoûchos eunuch, chamberlain, equivalent to eune-, stem of eunḗ bed, place of sleeping + -ochos keeping (akin to échein to hold
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British Dictionary definitions for eunuch

eunuch
/ (ˈjuːnək) /

noun

a man who has been castrated, esp (formerly) for some office such as a guard in a harem
informal an ineffective mana political eunuch

Word Origin for eunuch

C15: via Latin from Greek eunoukhos attendant of the bedchamber, from eunē bed + ekhein to have, keep
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Medical definitions for eunuch

eunuch
[ yōōnək ]

n.

A man or boy whose testes have been removed or have never developed.
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