hermitry

hermit

[hur-mit]
noun
1.
a person who has withdrawn to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion.
2.
any person living in seclusion; recluse.
3.
Zoology. an animal of solitary habits.
4.
Ornithology. any of numerous hummingbirds of the genera Glaucis and Phaethornis, having curved bills and dull-colored rather than iridescent plumage.
5.
a spiced molasses cookie often containing raisins or nuts.
6.
Obsolete. a beadsman.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English ermite, hermite, heremite < Old French < Late Latin erēmīta < Greek erēmītḗs living in a desert, equivalent to erḗm(ia) desert (derivative of erêmos desolate) + -ītēs -ite1

hermitic, hermitical, hermitish, adjective
hermitically, adverb
hermitlike, adjective
hermitry, hermitship, noun
unhermitic, adjective
unhermitical, adjective
unhermitically, adverb


1. eremite, monastic, anchorite, cenobite.
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hermit (ˈhɜːmɪt)
 
n
1.  one of the early Christian recluses
2.  any person living in solitude
 
[C13: from Old French hermite, from Late Latin erēmīta, from Greek erēmitēs living in the desert, from erēmia desert, from erēmos lonely]
 
her'mitic
 
adj
 
her'mitical
 
adj
 
her'mitically
 
adv
 
'hermit-like
 
adj

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hermit
1130, from O.Fr. (h)eremite, from L.L. ermita, from Gk. eremites, lit. "person of the desert," from eremia "desert, solitude," from eremos "uninhabited." The hermit crab (1735) was so called for its solitary habits.
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