Be honest, did you know what odalisque meant? For me it was the first word I looked up in the book Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale. The first book purchased during my pledge period not to buy books. The word appears on page one of the foreword.
Yes, I slipped, but I am putting it to good use. It was a must buy, Please enable me.
A female slave or concubine in a harem, esp. in the seraglio of the Sultan of Turkey (now hist.). In extended use: an exotic, sexually attractive woman; a representation of a sexually attractive figure in art.
Of course, then I had to look up, “seraglio.” At least you can’t say I was skimming.
Seraglio, I. Enclosure, place of confinement. a. The part of a Muslim dwelling-house (esp. of the palace of a sovereign or great noble) in which the women are secluded; the apartments reserved for wives and concubines; a harem.