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A member of the Cistercian monastic order, distinguished by the wearing of a white or undyed habit.
Middle English; earliest use found in Land of Cokaygne. From white + monk, after post-classical Latin monachus albus, with reference to the colour of the habit.
white monk/ˌwʌɪt ˈmʌŋk/
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