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 for poor soldier
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.
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     2. (Print.) A white or pale patch on a printed page.
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     3. (Zool.) An American fish; the silversides.
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     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.
        --Milton.
  
     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 :

  Poor \Poor\, a. [Compar. Poorer (?; 254); superl. Poorest.]
     [OE. poure or povre, OF. povre, F. pauvre, L. pauper; the
     first syllable of which is probably akin to paucus few (see
     Paucity, Few), and the second to parare to prepare,
     procure. See Few, and cf. Parade, Pauper, Poverty.]
     1. Destitute of property; wanting in material riches or
        goods; needy; indigent.
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     Note: It is often synonymous with indigent and with
           necessitous denoting extreme want. It is also applied
           to persons who are not entirely destitute of property,
           but who are not rich; as, a poor man or woman; poor
           people.
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     2. (Law) So completely destitute of property as to be
        entitled to maintenance from the public.
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     3. Hence, in very various applications: Destitute of such
        qualities as are desirable, or might naturally be
        expected; as:
        (a) Wanting in fat, plumpness, or fleshiness; lean;
            emaciated; meager; as, a poor horse, ox, dog, etc.
            "Seven other kine came up after them, poor and very
            ill-favored and lean-fleshed." --Gen. xli. 19.
        (b) Wanting in strength or vigor; feeble; dejected; as,
            poor health; poor spirits. "His genius . . . poor and
            cowardly." --Bacon.
        (c) Of little value or worth; not good; inferior; shabby;
            mean; as, poor clothes; poor lodgings. "A poor
            vessel." --Clarendon.
        (d) Destitute of fertility; exhausted; barren; sterile; --
            said of land; as, poor soil.
        (e) Destitute of beauty, fitness, or merit; as, a poor
            discourse; a poor picture.
        (f) Without prosperous conditions or good results;
            unfavorable; unfortunate; unconformable; as, a poor
            business; the sick man had a poor night.
        (g) Inadequate; insufficient; insignificant; as, a poor
            excuse.
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                  That I have wronged no man will be a poor plea
                  or apology at the last day.       --Calamy.
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     4. Worthy of pity or sympathy; -- used also sometimes as a
        term of endearment, or as an expression of modesty, and
        sometimes as a word of contempt.
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              And for mine own poor part,
              Look you, I'll go pray.               --Shak.
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              Poor, little, pretty, fluttering thing. --Prior.
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     5. Free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek.
        "Blessed are the poor in spirit." --Matt. v. 3.
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     Poor law, a law providing for, or regulating, the relief or
        support of the poor.
  
     Poor man's treacle (Bot.), garlic; -- so called because it
        was thought to be an antidote to animal poison. [Eng]
        --Dr. Prior.
  
     Poor man's weatherglass (Bot.), the red-flowered pimpernel
        ({Anagallis arvensis), which opens its blossoms only in
        fair weather.
  
     Poor rate, an assessment or tax, as in an English parish,
        for the relief or support of the poor.
  
     Poor soldier (Zool.), the friar bird.
  
     The poor, those who are destitute of property; the
        indigent; the needy. In a legal sense, those who depend on
        charity or maintenance by the public. "I have observed the
        more public provisions are made for the poor, the less
        they provide for themselves." --Franklin.
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