Gray nuns
nun un (n[u^]n), n. [OE. nunne, AS. nunne, fr. L. nonna nun, nonnus monk; cf. Gr. ?, ?; of unknown origin. Cf. {Nunnery}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A woman devoted to a religious life, who lives in a convent, under the three vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. [1913 Webster]

They holy time is quiet as a nun Breathless with adoration. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A white variety of domestic pigeons having a veil of feathers covering the head. (b) The smew. (c) The European blue titmouse. [1913 Webster]

{Gray nuns} (R. C. Ch.), the members of a religious order established in Montreal in 1745, whence branches were introduced into the United States in 1853; -- so called from the color or their robe, and known in religion as {Sisters of Charity of Montreal}.

{Nun buoy}. See under {Buoy}. [1913 Webster]


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