hierodule

[ hahy-er-uh-dool, -dyool, hahy-ruh- ]
/ ˈhaɪ ər əˌdul, -ˌdyul, ˈhaɪ rə- /

noun

a slave in service in an ancient Greek temple.

Origin of hierodule

1825–35; < Greek hieródoulos temple slave, equivalent to hieró(n) temple + doúlos slave

Related forms

hi·er·o·du·lic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hierodule

hierodule

/ (ˈhaɪərəˌdjuːl) /

noun

(in ancient Greece) a temple slave, esp a sacral prostitute

Derived Forms

hierodulic, adjective

Word Origin for hierodule

C19: from Greek hierodoulos, from hiero- + doulos slave
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