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 for harem
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Harem \Ha"rem\ (h[=a]"r[e^]m; 277), n.[Ar. haram, orig.,
     anything forbidden or sacred, fr. harama to forbid,
     prohibit.] [Written also haram and hareem.]
     1. The apartments or portion of the house allotted to females
        in Mohammedan families.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. The family of wives and concubines belonging to one man,
        in Mohammedan countries; a seraglio.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: living quarters reserved for wives and concubines and
           female relatives in a Muslim household [syn: harem,
           hareem, seraglio, serail]

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