Druse

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Druse an adherent of an esoteric monotheistic religious sect living in the relative security of the mountains of Syria and Lebanon who believes that Al-hakim was an incarnation of God "a Druze is permitted to conform outwardly to the faith of the unbelievers among whom he lives"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Druse (Min) A cavity in a rock, having its interior surface studded with crystals and sometimes filled with water; a geode.
    • n Druse One of a people and religious sect dwelling chiefly in the Lebanon mountains of Syria. "The Druses separated from the Mohammedan Arabs in the 9th century. Their characteristic dogma is the unity of God."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n druse A rock-cavity lined with crystals; a geode, or, as miners call it, a vug. A common word in Germany, adopted from the Slavic: the most important mining region of Germany being the Erzgebirge, on the borders of Bohemia. The word originally meant (in Slavic) ‘brush,’ and was applied to surfaces covered with projecting crystals like teeth, just as comb has been in English. Hence it also came to mean the cavities where such druses are found to occur. In English the word druse is little used at the present time except by mineralogists, and then chiefly in the adjective form drusy (which see). See also geode.
    • n druse One of a people and religious sect of Syria, living chiefly in the mountain regions of Lebanon and Anti-libanus and the district of Hauran. The only name they acknowledge is Unitarians (Muahidin); that by which they are known to others is probably from smail Darazi or Durzi, who was their first apostle in Syria. They are fanatical ami warlike, and have had bloody conflicts with their neighbors the Maronites.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Druse drōōs (mining) a rock cavity lined with crystals, a geode or vug.
    • n Druse drōōs one of a remarkable people inhabiting a mountainous district in the north of Syria, with a peculiar religion interwoven from the Bible and the Koran
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. G. druse, bonny, crystallized piece of ore, Bohem. druza,. Cf. Dross

Usage

In literature:

The tragedies in question were to be 'King Victor and King Charles', and 'The Return of the Druses'.
"Life and Letters of Robert Browning" by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
Drused crystals of it are also very beautiful and abundant, but very minute.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 363, December 16, 1882" by Various
The girl in the "Return of the Druses" is the sort of nature Byron tried to paint in Myrrha.
"Woman in the Nineteenth Century" by Margaret Fuller Ossoli
Tschirakin's precious stone was doubtless nothing else than a druse of this shining but valueless mineral.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
This gentleman had acted most benevolently towards the unfortunate people who had been attacked by Druses.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
It is inhabited by Druses.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Expose de la religion des Druses (Paris, 1838).
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Now, it is a cavalcade of Druses from the Lebanon, men, women and children, riding on tired horses.
"Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land" by Henry Van Dyke
The sultan's secretary, Waffat Effendi, was sent to Syria, and murdered by the Druses.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
What is a Druse family?
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
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In poetry:

When Man is the Turk, and the Atheist,
Essene, Erastian, Whig,
And the Thug and the Druse and the Catholic
And the crew of the Captain's gig.
"The Higher Unity" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In news:

Sheik Amin Tarif, the spiritual leader of the Arab Druse in Israel, died Saturday in Julis, a village in northern Israel.
The Druse are a religious sect, distinct in many ways from their Muslim neighbors.
Ken Druse 's Inspiration Book.
A Druse man near Buqata, in the Golan Heights , looked toward Jebata al-Khashab, Syria.
A Druse man near Buqata, in the Golan Heights, looked toward Jebata al-Khashab, Syria.
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