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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Monk  \Monk\,  n.  [AS.  munuc  munec  munc,  L.  monachus  Gr  ?,  fr 
  ?  alone.  Cf  {Monachism}.] 
  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.  ``A  monk  out  of  his  cloister.''  --Chaucer. 
  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.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  A  South  American  monkey  ({Pithecia  monachus});  also 
  applied  to  other  species,  as  {Cebus  xanthocephalus}. 
  b  The  European  bullfinch. 
  {Monk  bat}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  South  American  and  West  Indian  bat 
  ({Molossus  nasutus});  --  so  called  because  the  males  live 
  in  communities  by  themselves. 
  {Monk  bird}(Zo["o]l.),  the  friar  bird. 
  {Monk  seal}  (Zo["o]l.),  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}). 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  a  male  religious  living  in  a  cloister  and  devoting  himself 
  to  contemplation  and  prayer  and  work  [syn:  {monastic}] 

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