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

  Friar \Fri"ar\, n. [OR. frere, F. fr[`e]re brother, friar, fr.
     L. frater brother. See Brother.]
     1. (R. C. Ch.) A brother or member of any religious order,
        but especially of one of the four mendicant orders, viz:
        (a) Minors, Gray Friars, or Franciscans. (b)
        Augustines. (c) Dominicans or Black Friars. (d) White
        Friars or Carmelites. See these names in the Vocabulary.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Print.) A white or pale patch on a printed page.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. (Zool.) An American fish; the silversides.
        [1913 Webster]
     Friar bird (Zool.), an Australian bird ({Tropidorhynchus
        corniculatus), having the head destitute of feathers; --
        called also coldong, leatherhead, pimlico; poor
        soldier, and four-o'clock. The name is also applied to
        several other species of the same genus.
     Friar's balsam (Med.), a stimulating application for wounds
        and ulcers, being an alcoholic solution of benzoin,
        styrax, tolu balsam, and aloes; compound tincture of
        benzoin. --Brande & C.
     Friar's cap (Bot.), the monkshood.
     Friar's+cowl+(Bot.),+an+arumlike+plant+({Arisarum+vulgare">Friar's cowl (Bot.), an arumlike plant ({Arisarum vulgare)
        with a spathe or involucral leaf resembling a cowl.
     Friar's lantern, the ignis fatuus or Will-o'-the-wisp.
     Friar skate (Zool.), the European white or sharpnosed skate
        ({Raia alba); -- called also Burton skate, border
        ray, scad, and doctor.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Silversides \Sil"ver*sides`\, n. (Zool.)
     Any one of several species of small fishes of the family
     Atherinidae, having a silvery stripe along each side of the
     body. The common species of the American coast ({Menidia
     notata) is very abundant. Called also silverside, sand
     smelt, friar, tailor, and tinker.
     [1913 Webster]
     Brook silversides (Zool.), a small fresh-water North
        American fish ({Labadesthes sicculus) related to the
        marine silversides.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a male member of a religious order that originally relied
           solely on alms [syn: friar, mendicant]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  26 Moby Thesaurus words for "friar":
     abbacomes, abbot, ascetic, beadsman, brother, caloyer, celibate,
     cenobite, conventual, conventual prior, grand prior, hermit,
     hieromonach, lay abbot, lay brother, mendicant, monastic, monk,
     palmer, pilgrim, pillar saint, pillarist, prior, religieux,
     religious, stylite

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