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

  Mendicant \Men"di*cant\, a. [L. mendicans, -antis, p. pr. of
     mendicare to beg, fr. mendicus beggar, indigent.]
     Practicing beggary; begging; living on alms; as, mendicant
     friars.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Mendicant orders (R. C. Ch.), certain monastic orders which
        are forbidden to acquire landed property and are required
        to be supported by alms, esp. the Franciscans, the
        Dominicans, the Carmelites, and the Augustinians.
        [1913 Webster]

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