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Meaning of mendicant

men•di•cant

Pronunciation: (men'di-kunt), [key]
— adj.
  1. begging; practicing begging; living on alms.
  2. pertaining to or characteristic of a beggar.
—n.
  1. a person who lives by begging; beggar.
  2. a member of any of several orders of friars that originally forbade ownership of property, subsisting mostly on alms.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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