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 for Monk seal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Monk \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.
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              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.   --Ayliffe.
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     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.
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     3. A piece of tinder made of agaric, used in firing the
        powder hose or train of a mine.
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     4. (Zool.)
        (a) A South American monkey ({Pithecia monachus); also
            applied to other species, as Cebus xanthocephalus.
        (b) The European bullfinch.
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     Monk bat (Zool.), a South American and West Indian bat
        ({Molossus nasutus); -- so called because the males live
        in communities by themselves.
  
     Monk bird(Zool.), the friar bird.
  
     Monk seal (Zool.), 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">patience ({Rumex Patientia).
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