Monk Monk, n. [AS. munuc, munec, munc, L. monachus, Gr. ?, fr. mo`nos 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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. A piece of tinder made of agaric, used in firing the powder hose or train of a mine. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A South American monkey ({Pithecia monachus}); also applied to other species, as {Cebus xanthocephalus}. (b) The European bullfinch. [1913 Webster]

{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}). [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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