Monk

Definition of Monk

n.1.A man who retires from the ordinary temporal concerns of the world, and devotes himself to religion; one of a religious community of men inhabiting a monastery, and bound by vows to a life of chastity, obedience, and poverty.
Monks in some respects agree with regulars, as in the substantial vows of religion; but in other respects monks and regulars differ; for that regulars, vows excepted, are not tied up to so strict a rule of life as monks are.
- Ayliffe.
2.(Print.) A blotch or spot of ink on a printed page, caused by the ink not being properly distributed. It is distinguished from a friar, or white spot caused by a deficiency of ink.
3.A piece of tinder made of agaric, used in firing the powder hose or train of a mine.
4.(Zool.) A South American monkey (Pithecia monachus); also applied to other species, as Cebus xanthocephalus.
Monk bat
(Zool.) a South American and West Indian bat (Molossus nasutus); - so called because the males live in communities by themselves.
Monk bird
(Zool.) the friar bird.
Monk seal
(Zool.) a species of seal (Monachus albiventer) inhabiting the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the adjacent parts of the Atlantic.
Monk's rhubarb
(Bot.) a kind of dock; - also called patience (Rumex Patientia).

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