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HOURI, the term for a beautiful virgin who awaits the devout Mahommedan in Paradise. The word is the French representative of the Pers. huri, Arab, hawra', a black-eyed virgin, from hawira, to be black-eyed, like a gazelle.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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