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houri

[ hoor-ee, houuhr-ee, hou-uh-ree ]
/ ˈhʊər i, ˈhaʊər i, ˈhaʊ ə ri /
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noun, plural hou·ris.
one of the beautiful virgins provided in paradise for all faithful Muslims.
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Origin of houri

1730–40; <French <Persian hūrī<Arabic ḥūr plural of ḥaurāʾ gazelle-eyed (woman)
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British Dictionary definitions for houri

houri
/ (ˈhʊərɪ) /

noun plural -ris
(in Muslim belief) any of the nymphs of Paradise
any alluring woman

Word Origin for houri

C18: from French, from Persian hūri, from Arabic hūr, plural of haurā' woman with dark eyes
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