This word appears in the Quran 44:54; 52:20; 78:33 and in different form in 55:56 & 78:33; also in Bukhari Hadith 4:53. It describes beautiful females with wide and stunning eyes; bashful virgins. They are exquisite creatures provided for the sexual pleasures of believing 'Muslim' men in Muhammad's version of Paradise.
Muhammad promised his followers - whom he sent to fight and die for Allah's cause - an incredibly beautiful after life with unlimited pleasures: Sexual, Visual and Sensual; the same pleasures that Muhammad prohibited them from having on earth, and more.
Neither the word nor the concept are Arabian since they were plagiarized - as usual with Muhammad - from the Pesian Zoroasterian concept of their Paradise (Firdawz).
It is important to point out first, that there is no mention anywhere in the Quran of the actual number of virgins available in paradise, and second, the dark-eyed damsels are available for all believing Muhamadans, not just martyrs.
It is in the Ahadith that we find the 72 virgins in heaven specified: in a Hadith (Islamic Tradition) collected by Al-Tirmidhi (c. died 892 CE) in the Book of Sunan (volume IV, chapters on The Features of Paradise as described by Muhammad, chapter 21, About the Smallest Reward for the People of Paradise, (Hadith 2687). The same hadith is also quoted by Ibn Kathir (died 1373 CE ) in his Quranic commentary (Tafsir) of Sura Al-Rahman 55:72:-
"The Prophet Muhammad was heard saying: 'The smallest reward for the people of paradise is an abode where there are 80,000 servants and 72 wives, over which stands a dome decorated with pearls, aquamarine, and ruby, as wide as the distance from Al-Jabiyyah [a Damascus suburb] to Sana'a [Yemen]'."
Modern apologists of 'Islam' try to downplay the evident materialism and sexual implications of such descriptions, but, as the Encyclopaedia of Islam says, even orthodox Muslim theologians such as al Ghazali (died 1111 CE) and Al-Ash'ari (died 935 CE) have
"admitted sensual pleasures into paradise".
In fact, the sensual pleasures are graphically described in detail by ImamAl-Suyuti (died 1505 ), Quranic commentator and polymath. He wrote:
"Each time we sleep with a houri we find her virgin. Besides, the penis of the Elected never softens.The erection is eternal; the sensation that you feel each time you make love is utterly delicious and out of this world and were you to experience it in this world you would faint. Each chosen one [ie Muslim] will marry seventy [sic] houris, besides the women he married on earth,and all will have appetising vaginas."
*** If a learned and important Muhammadan exegete such as was the Suyuti, came out with such incerdible drivel and utter stupidity, then it should not come as a great surprise to ordinary, intelligent and decent people in the twenty first century, that there are thousands of Muhammadan men who are willing to commit the most horrible, reprehensible and inhumane acts against any and all UNBELIEVRS because they have been brainwashed into believing that in death, they will get all the pleasures that they are forbidden from in life, forETERNity ***