Friar

Definition of Friar

Fri´ar
n.1.(R. C. Ch.) A brother or member of any religious order, but especially of one of the four mendicant orders, viz: (a) Minors, Gray Friars, or Franciscans. (b) Augustines. (c) Dominicans or Black Friars. (d) White Friars or Carmelites. See these names in the Vocabulary.
2.(Print.) A white or pale patch on a printed page.
3.(Zool.) An American fish; the silversides.
Friar bird
(Zool.) an Australian bird (Tropidorhynchus corniculatus), having the head destitute of feathers; - called also coldong, leatherhead, pimlico; poor soldier, and four-o'clock.
Friar's balsam
(Med.) a stimulating application for wounds and ulcers, being an alcoholic solution of benzoin, styrax, tolu balsam, and aloes; compound tincture of benzoin.
Friar's cap
(Bot.) the monkshood.
- Brande & C.
Friar's cowl
(Bot.) an arumlike plant (Arisarum vulgare) with a spathe or involucral leaf resembling a cowl.
Friar's lantern
the ignis fatuus or Will-o'-the-wisp.
Friar skate
(Zool.) the European white or sharpnosed skate (Raia alba); - called also Burton skate, border ray, scad, and doctor.
- Milton.

Related Words

abbacomes, abbot, ascetic, beadsman, brother, caloyer, celibate, cenobite, conventual, conventual prior, grand prior, hermit, hieromonach, lay abbot, lay brother, mendicant, monastic, monk, palmer, pilgrim, pillar saint, pillarist, prior, religieux, religious, stylite
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