har·em (hârəm, hăr-)
1. A house or a section of a house reserved for women members of a Muslim household.
2. The wives, concubines, female relatives, and servants occupying such a place.
3. A group of women who are sexual partners of the same man.
4. A group of female animals that breed exclusively with a single dominant male.
[Turkish, partly from Arabic ḥaram, forbidden, sacrosanct, and partly from Arabic ḥarīm, forbidden place, both from ḥarama, to prohibit; see x̣rm in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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