Jesuits' bark
Jesuit Jes"u*it, n. [F. J['e]suite, Sp. Jesuita: cf. It. Gesuita.] 1. (R. C. Ch.) One of a religious order founded by Ignatius Loyola, and approved in 1540, under the title of The Society of Jesus. [1913 Webster]

Note: The order consists of Scholastics, the Professed, the Spiritual Coadjutors, and the Temporal Coadjutors or Lay Brothers. The Jesuit novice after two years becomes a Scholastic, and takes his first vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience simply. Some years after, at the close of a second novitiate, he takes his second vows and is ranked among the Coadjutors or Professed. The Professed are bound by a fourth vow, from which only the pope can dispense, requiring them to go wherever the pope may send them for missionary duty. The Coadjutors teach in the schools, and are employed in general missionary labors. The Society is governed by a General who holds office for life. He has associated with him ``Assistants'' (five at the present time), representing different provinces. The Society was first established in the United States in 1807. The Jesuits have displayed in their enterprises a high degree of zeal, learning, and skill, but, by their enemies, have been generally reputed to use art and intrigue in promoting or accomplishing their purposes, whence the words Jesuit, Jesuitical, and the like, have acquired an opprobrious sense. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: A crafty person; an intriguer. [1913 Webster]

{Jesuits' bark}, Peruvian bark, or the bark of certain species of {Cinchona}; -- so called because its medicinal properties were first made known in Europe by Jesuit missionaries to South America.

{Jesuits' drops}. See {Friar's balsam}, under {Friar}.

{Jesuits' nut}, the European water chestnut.

{Jesuits' powder}, powdered cinchona bark.

{Jesuits' tea}, a Chilian leguminous shrub, used as a tea and medicinally. [1913 Webster]


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  • Jesuits' bark — Je·su·its bark jezh (ə )wəts bärk, jez n CINCHONA (3) …   Medical dictionary

  • jesuits' bark — noun also jesuit bark Usage: usually capitalized J Etymology: so called from the fact that it was brought into Europe from the Jesuit missions in So. America : cinchona 3 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Jesuits bark — SYN: cinchona …   Medical dictionary

  • Jesuits' bark — noun see cinchona …   Useful english dictionary

  • Jesuits' drops — Jesuit Jes u*it, n. [F. J[ e]suite, Sp. Jesuita: cf. It. Gesuita.] 1. (R. C. Ch.) One of a religious order founded by Ignatius Loyola, and approved in 1540, under the title of The Society of Jesus. [1913 Webster] Note: The order consists of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jesuits' nut — Jesuit Jes u*it, n. [F. J[ e]suite, Sp. Jesuita: cf. It. Gesuita.] 1. (R. C. Ch.) One of a religious order founded by Ignatius Loyola, and approved in 1540, under the title of The Society of Jesus. [1913 Webster] Note: The order consists of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jesuits' powder — Jesuit Jes u*it, n. [F. J[ e]suite, Sp. Jesuita: cf. It. Gesuita.] 1. (R. C. Ch.) One of a religious order founded by Ignatius Loyola, and approved in 1540, under the title of The Society of Jesus. [1913 Webster] Note: The order consists of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jesuits' tea — Jesuit Jes u*it, n. [F. J[ e]suite, Sp. Jesuita: cf. It. Gesuita.] 1. (R. C. Ch.) One of a religious order founded by Ignatius Loyola, and approved in 1540, under the title of The Society of Jesus. [1913 Webster] Note: The order consists of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bark — 1. noun /bɑː(ɹ)k/ a) The exterior covering of the trunk and branches of a tree; the rind. Fox’s clumsy figure, negligently dressed in blue and buff, seemed unprepossessing; only his shaggy eyebrows added to the expression of his face; his voice… …   Wiktionary

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