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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Houri  \Hou"ri\,  n.;  pl  {Houris}.  [Per.  h[=u]r[=i],  h[=u]r[=a], 
  h[=u]r;  akin  to  Ar  h[=u]r,  pl  of  ahwar  beautiful-eyed, 
  black-eyed.] 
  A  nymph  of  paradise;  --  so  called  by  the  Mohammedans. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  houri 
  n  1:  a  voluptuously  beautiful  young  woman  [syn:  {nymph}] 
  2:  (in  Muslim  belief)  one  of  the  dark-eyed  virgins  of  perfect 
  beauty  believed  to  live  with  the  blessed  in  Paradise 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  HOURI,  n.  A  comely  female  inhabiting  the  Mohammedan  Paradise  to  make 
  things  cheery  for  the  good  Mussulman,  whose  belief  in  her  existence 
  marks  a  noble  discontent  with  his  earthly  spouse,  whom  he  denies  a 
  soul.  By  that  good  lady  the  Houris  are  said  to  be  held  in  deficient 
  esteem. 
 
 




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