[kawr-ee, kohr-ee; kawr-ey, kohr-ey]

noun, plural ko·rai [kawr-ahy, kohr-ahy] /ˈkɔr aɪ, ˈkoʊr aɪ/.

Greek Antiquity. a sculptured representation of a young woman, especially one produced prior to the 5th century b.c.
Also Core, Cora. (initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. Persephone, especially as a symbol of virginity.

Origin of kore

First recorded in 1915–20, kore is from the Greek word kórē girl
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Examples from the Web for korai

Historical Examples of korai

  • The word "Corea" evidently is nothing but a corruption of the dead and buried word "Korai."

    Corea or Cho-sen

    A (Arnold) Henry Savage-Landor

Word Origin and History for korai


in Greek mythology, the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, also called Persephone in her aspect as Hades's wife, from Greek kore "maiden" (see crescent).

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