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noun 
  1. (italbrac, Roman Catholic Church) A person dedicated to a life of religion or monasticism, especially a member of an order without religious vows or a lay member of a religious community.
  2. A child given up by its parents into the keeping or dedication of a religious order or house.
    • 2007: The Venerable Bede started as an at St Paul's, Jarrow, but by the time of his death in 735 was surely the most learned man in Europe. " Tom Shippey, "I Lerne Song", London Review of Books 29:4, p. 19
adjective 
  1. Flattened or depressed at the poles.
    • 1922: Why should I not speak to him or to any human being who walks upright upon this orange? " James Joyce, Ulysses
    • 1997: " "Tis prolate, still," with a long dejected Geordie O. "Isn"t it"?" "I"m an Astronomer," trust me, "tis gone well to ." " Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon

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