hierodule

noun
hi·​ero·​dule | \ ˈhī-(ə-)rō-ˌdül How to pronounce hierodule (audio) , hī-ˈer-ə-, -ˌdyül How to pronounce hierodule (audio) \

Definition of hierodule

: a slave or prostitute in the service of a temple (as in ancient Greece)

First Known Use of hierodule

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hierodule

Late Latin hierodulus, from Greek hierodoulos, from hieron temple + doulos slave

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