Pronunciation: (hâr'um, har'-), [key]
1. the part of a Muslim palace or house reserved for the residence of women.
2. the women in a Muslim household, including the mother, sisters, wives, concubines, daughters, entertainers, and servants.
3. Animal Behav.a social group of females, as elephant seals, accompanied or followed by one fertile male who denies other males access to the group.
4. Facetious or Offensive.a group of women associated in any way with one man or household: Father joked that he had a harem of five daughters. Also,haram,hareem,harim.
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