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Gray nuns

Source : Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Nun \Nun\, n. [OE. nunne, AS. nunne, fr. L. nonna nun, nonnus
   monk; cf. Gr. ?, ?; of unknown origin. Cf. {Nunnery}.]
   1. A woman devoted to a religious life, who lives in a
      convent, under the three vows of poverty, chastity, and

            They holy time is quiet as a nun Breathless with
            adoration.                            --Wordsworth.

   2. (Zo["o]l.)
      (a) A white variety of domestic pigeons having a veil of
          feathers covering the head.
      (b) The smew.
      (c) The European blue titmouse.

   {Gray nuns} (R. C. Ch.), the members of a religious order
      established in Montreal in 1745, whence branches were
      introduced into the United States in 1853; -- so called
      from the color or their robe, and known in religion as
      {Sisters of Charity of Montreal}.

   {Nun buoy}. See under {Buoy}.
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