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A friar is a member of a religious mendicant order of men. This term is particularly appropriate for members of these four orders: Augustinians, Carmelites, Dominicans and Franciscans. The Mendicant (or Begging) Orders are religious orders which depend directly on the charity of the people for their livelihood. ... The Augustinians, named after Saint Augustine of Hippo (died AD 430), are several Roman Catholic monastic orders and congregations of both men and women living according to a guide to religious life known as the Rule of Saint Augustine. ... The Order of Our Lady of Mt. ... Franciscans is the common name used to designate a variety of mendicant religious orders of men or women tracing their origin to Francis of Assisi and following the Rule of St. ...


Friars differ from monks in that they are called to a life of poverty in service to a community, rather than cloistered asceticism and devotion. A Roman Catholic monk A monk is a person who practices monasticism, adopting a strict religious and ascetic lifestyle, usually in community with others following the same path. ...


Its etymology is from Old French frere (brother) which in turn comes from Latin frater. St. Francis of Assisi called his followers fratres minores, which G. K. Chesterton translates more colloquially as "little brothers". Old French is a term sometimes used to refer to the langue doïl, the continuum of varieties of Romance language spoken in territories corresponding roughly to the northern half of modern France and parts of Belgium and Switzerland during the period roughly from 1000 to 1300 A.D... Latin is an Indo-European language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... Saint Francis of Assisi (born in Assisi, Italy, ca. ... G.K. Chesterton Gilbert Keith Chesterton (May 29, 1874 – June 14, 1936) was an English writer of the early 20th century. ...


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