Definitions for: Friar


[n] a male religious of an order of mendicant preachers of the gospel



Webster (1913) Definition: Fri"ar, n. [OR. frere, F. fr[`e]re brother, friar, fr.
L. frater brother. See Brother.]
1. (R. C. Ch.) A brother or member of any religious order,
but especially of one of the four mendicant orders, viz:
(a) Minors, Gray Friars, or Franciscans. {(b)
Augustines}. (c) Dominicans or Black Friars. {(d) White
Friars or Carmelites.} See these names in the Vocabulary.

2. (Print.) A white or pale patch on a printed page.

3. (Zo["o]l.) An American fish; the silversides.

Friar bird (Zo["o]l.), an Australian bird ({Tropidorhynchus
corniculatus}), having the head destitute of feathers; --
called also coldong, leatherhead, pimlico; {poor
soldier}, and four-o'clock. The name is also applied to
several other species of the same genus.

Friar's balsam (Med.), a stimulating application for wounds
and ulcers, being an alcoholic solution of benzoin,
styrax, tolu balsam, and aloes; compound tincture of
benzoin. --Brande & C.

Friar's cap (Bot.), the monkshood.

Friar's cowl (Bot.), an arumlike plant (Arisarum vulgare)
with a spathe or involucral leaf resembling a cowl.

Friar's lantern, the ignis fatuus or Will-o'-the-wisp.
--Milton.

Friar skate (Zo["o]l.), the European white or sharpnosed
skate (Raia alba); -- called also Burton skate,
border ray, scad, and doctor.

Synonyms: mendicant

See Also: Black Friar, Blackfriar, Carmelite, Dominican, Franciscan, Gray Friar, religious, White Friar

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