(R. C. Ch.), certain monastic orders which are forbidden to acquire landed property and are required to be supported by alms, esp. the Franciscans, the Dominicans, the Carmelites, and the Augustinians.

(Men"di*cant), n. A beggar; esp., one who makes a business of begging; specifically, a begging friar.

(Men"di*cate) v. t.& i. [L. mendicatus, p. p. of mendicare to beg.] To beg. [R.] Johnson.

(Men`di*ca"tion) n. The act or practice of begging; beggary; mendicancy. Sir T. Browne.

(Men*dic"i*ty) n. [L. mendicitas: cf. F. mendicité. See Mendicant.] The practice of begging; the life of a beggar; mendicancy. Rom. of R.

(Men"di*nant) n. A mendicant or begging friar. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Mend"ment) n. Amendment. [Obs.]

(Men"dole) n. [Cf. F. mendol, mendole.] (Zoöl.) The cackerel.

(Men"dre*gal) n. (Zoöl.) Medregal.

(Mends) n. See Amends. [Obs.] Shak.

(Menge) v. i. [imp. Mente, Meinte; p. p. Ment, Meint.] [See Mingle.] To mix. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Men*ha"den) n. (Zoöl.) An American marine fish of the Herring family (Brevoortia tyrannus), chiefly valuable for its oil and as a component of fertilizers; — called also mossbunker, bony fish, chebog, pogy, hardhead, whitefish, etc.

(Men"hir) n. [F. Armor. men stone + hir high.] A large stone set upright in olden times as a memorial or monument. Many, of unknown date, are found in Brittany and throughout Northern Europe.

(Men"ial) a. [OE. meneal, fr. meine, maine, household, OF. maisniée, maisnie, LL. mansionaticum. See Mansion, and cf. Meine, n., Meiny.]

1. Belonging to a retinue or train of servants; performing servile office; serving.

Two menial dogs before their master pressed.

2. Pertaining to servants, esp. domestic servants; servile; low; mean. " Menial offices." Swift.

(Men"ial), n.

1. A domestic servant or retainer, esp. one of humble rank; one employed in low or servile offices.

2. A person of a servile character or disposition.

Ménière's disease
(Mé`nière's" dis*ease") (Med.) A disease characterized by deafness and vertigo, resulting in incoördination of movement. It is supposed to depend upon a morbid condition of the semicircular canals of the internal ear. Named after Ménière, a French physician.

(Men"i*lite) n. [F. ménilite; — so called because it is found at Ménilmontant, near Paris.] (Min.) See Opal.

(Me*nin"ge*al) a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the meninges.

Mendicant orders

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