Monk bat(Zoöl.), a South American and West Indian bat (Molossus nasutus); — so called because the males live in communities by themselves.Monk bird(Zoöl.), the friar bird.Monk seal(Zoöl.), a species of seal (Monachus albiventer) inhabiting the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the adjacent parts of the Atlantic.Monk's rhubarb(Bot.), a kind of dock; — also called patience (Rumex Patientia).

(Monk"er*y) n.; pl. Monkeries

1. The life of monks; monastic life; monastic usage or customs; — now usually applied by way of reproach.

Miters, and wretched dead mediæval monkeries.

2. A collective body of monks. [Obs.]

Though he have a whole monkery to sing for him.

(Mon"key) n.; pl. Monkeys [Cf. OIt. monicchio, It. monnino, dim. of monna an ape, also dame, mistress, contr. fr. madonna. See Madonna.]

1. (Zoöl.) (a) In the most general sense, any one of the Quadrumana, including apes, baboons, and lemurs. (b) Any species of Quadrumana, except the lemurs. (c) Any one of numerous species of Quadrumana (esp. such as have a long tail and prehensile feet) exclusive of apes and baboons.

1. Of or pertaining to a monitor or monitors.

2. Done or performed by a monitor; as, monitorial work; conducted or taught by monitors; as, a monitorial school; monitorial instruction.

(Mon`i*to"ri*al*ly), adv. In a monitorial manner.

(Mon"i*tor*ship) n. The post or office of a monitor.

(Mon"i*to*ry) a. [L. monitorius.] Giving admonition; instructing by way of caution; warning.

Losses, miscarriages, and disappointments, are monitory and instructive.

(Mon"i*to*ry), n. Admonition; warning; especially, a monition proceeding from an ecclesiastical court, but not addressed to any one person.

(Mon"i*tress Mon"i*trix) n. A female monitor.

(Monk) n. [AS. munuc, munec, munc, L. monachus, Gr. fr. mo`nos alone. Cf. Monachism.]

1. A man who retires from the ordinary temporal concerns of the world, and devotes himself to religion; one of a religious community of men inhabiting a monastery, and bound by vows to a life of chastity, obedience, and poverty. "A monk out of his cloister." Chaucer.

Monks in some respects agree with regulars, as in the substantial vows of religion; but in other respects monks and regulars differ; for that regulars, vows excepted, are not tied up to so strict a rule of life as monks are.

2. (Print.) A blotch or spot of ink on a printed page, caused by the ink not being properly distributed. It is distinguished from a friar, or white spot caused by a deficiency of ink.

3. A piece of tinder made of agaric, used in firing the powder hose or train of a mine.

4. (Zoöl.) (a) A South American monkey (Pithecia monachus); also applied to other species, as Cebus xanthocephalus. (b) The European bullfinch.

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