o·da·lisque also o·da·lisk (ōdə-lĭsk′)
1. A woman slave in a harem.
2. An artistic representation, often highly eroticized, of such a slave.
[French, from alteration of Turkish odalık, chambermaid, female slave attending women of the harem : oda, room (from Old Turkic otāǧ, tent, temporary dwellling of nomads, probably originally meaning "place where a fire is lit" and akin to ōt, fire) + -lık, suff. expressing function.]
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