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bayadere (plural bayaderes)
- (countable, dated) A female dancer
1876, Various, Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 99, March, 1876:
- Her performance being finished, the bayadere was succeeded by others, each of whom appeared to have her specialty--one imitating by her postures a serpent-charmer; another quite unequivocally representing a man-charmer; another rapidly executing what seemed an interminable pirouette.
1899, H.G. Wells, The Sleeper Awakes:
- For the time, at any rate, the neat dexterity of counting and numbering machines, building machines, spinning engines, patent doorways, explosive motors, grain and water elevators, slaughter-house machines and harvesting appliances, was more fascinating to Graham than any bayadere.
1918, Mary Johnston, Foes:
- The reflection of a greater thing claimed her and taught her, held her like a bayadere in a temple court.
- A type of fabric having strongly contrasting stripes
1906, Carolyn Wells, Patty's Summer Days:
- Bertha had chosen a blue and white silk of a bayadere stripe, with lace ruffles at the neck and wrists and a skirt of voluminous fulness.