or Minorites (3 syl.). Founded in 1208 by St. Francis of Assisi, who called poverty “his bride.” Poverty was the ruling principle of the order. Duns Scotus, Roger Bacon, Cardinal Ximenës, Ganganelli, etc., were of this order.
Called Franciscans, from the name of their founder.
The Franciscan Sisters were known as Clares, or Poor Clares, Minoresses, Mendicants, and Urbanites.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894