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odalisque

or o·da·lisk

[ ohd-l-isk ]
/ ˈoʊd l ɪsk /
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noun
a female slave or concubine in a harem, especially in that of the sultan of Turkey.
(initial capital letter) any of a number of representations of such a woman or of a similar subject, as by Ingres or Matisse.
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Origin of odalisque

First recorded in 1675–85; from French, alteration of earlier odalique (with -s- perhaps from -esque-esque) from Turkish odalιk “female slave, concubine,” equivalent to oda “room, chamber” + -lιk a noun suffix indicating relationship or origin

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odalisque

odalisk

/ (ˈəʊdəlɪsk) /

noun
a female slave or concubine

Word Origin for odalisque

C17: via French, changed from Turkish ōdalik, from ōdah room + -lik n suffix
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