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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of a monotheistic religious community living primarily in Syria, Israel, and Lebanon whose beliefs include faith in al-Hakim (985–1021), an Ismaili caliph, as the embodiment of God.

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  • proper noun A secretive community based mainly in the Middle East, whose religion is influenced by Islam.
  • noun A member of this community.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or to this religious community.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun 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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Arabic Durūz, pl. of durzī, a Druze, after Muhammad ibn Ismail al-Darazi (died c. 1019), Muslim religious leader who proclaimed the divinity of al-Hakim .]

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