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noun
  1. The private part of an Arab household. In traditional Arab culture, this part of the household was forbidden to male strangers.
  2. A group of women, wives and/or concubines in a polygamous household.
  3. A group of female animals (cows) herded and controlled by a male animal (bull) of that species for breeding purposes. Such behaviour is exhibited by bovids including cattle and buffalo as well as moose, elephants, seals, sea lions, sea elephants.
Translations:
  • Dutch: harem , vrouwenverblijf
  • French: harem
  • German: Harem
  • Italian: harem
  • Spanish: harén
Etymology: From Turkish Turkish, harem, from Arabic (ARchar, Ù) (áaram) "something prohibited; sanctuary, women"; and later also from (ARchar, ÙÙ) (áarÄm) with same meaning, both from (ARchar, Ù) (áaruma) "be forbidden or unlawful". (Eng. usg. 1623)


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