noun \ˈkü-ˌrs\
plural kou·roi \-(ˌ)ri\

Definition of KOUROS

:  an ancient Greek statue of a nude male youth standing with the left leg forward and arms at the sides

Origin of KOUROS

Greek kouros, koros boy — more at crescent
First Known Use: 1920


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Marble kouros from Anávissos, Greece, c. 540–515 BC; in the National …—SuperStock

Archaic Greek statue representing a standing male youth. These large stone figures began to appear in Greece c. 700 BC and closely followed the Egyptian style of geometrical, rigid figures. Later forms reflect the Greeks' increased understanding of human anatomy and are more naturalistic. Kouroi sometimes represented the god Apollo, but more commonly served as votive offerings or grave markers. See also kore.


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