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  • n. Plural form of seraglio.


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  • But the article which bore the greatest price in the seraglios was the _kûs keftar_, the dried skin of a female hyena; which, if worn about the person, conciliated the affection of all to the wearer.

    The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan

  • From the past you can see the ruins of Venetian towers, Crusader castles, Catholic monasteries, Ottoman seraglios and fountains.

    Insiders' guide to Greece

  • No Victorian collection is complete without a sprinkling of Orientalist paintings featuring cruelty and sex galore: seraglios guarded by fat eunuchs, barbarian punishments and poor General Gordon getting killed over and over on the steps of his headquarters in Khartoum.

    Browser's Delight

  • A sister of a president of the United States declared: “We Southern ladies are complimented with names of wives, but we are only the mistresses of seraglios.”


  • I do not understand how people can habitually take Turks in bad part; Mohammed had his good points; respect for the inventor of seraglios with houris and paradises with odalisques!

    Les Miserables

  • In those seraglios, where a single powerful warlord might have hundreds of wives, the ones who can catch his eye with their sensuality, and give him sons would gain favor.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • If you're looking for info about Middle Eastern women, here's a great book about the strange life of odalisques in the seraglios of the great Turkish sultans: "Harem: The World Behind the Veil," by Alev Lytle Croutier.

    ~In Search of Bad Ass Women~

  • The miramolin, the bey, the dey, all have Christian females in their seraglios, but there are only two Turkish girls who have found lovers in

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Koran from the angel Gabriel was worse than a visionary; he was an impostor, who supported his seductions by his courage; but certainly there is nothing either stupid or sensual in reducing to four the unlimited number of wives whom the princes, the satraps, the nabobs, and the omrahs of the East kept in their seraglios.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • India; but they are a thousand times happier in their seraglios than our young women in their convents.

    A Philosophical Dictionary


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